Queenie Lion Kemarre


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Born: c. 1920

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Irrweltye and Atnwengerrp , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Cotton and Silk, Wood Carving

Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Red Mallee, Bush Tomato, Night Bird and Intjingya (Tree, Flower, Seed and Leaf) Dreamings

Queenie is a senior woman of the Alyawarre speakers. She was involved with the summer canvas project of 1988-9 and earlier with the introduction of batik workshops at the Utopia community. Queenie is represented in the Holmes á Court collections, for sculpture, painting and batik.

Today, Queenie is a well known Utopia artist, rarely painting anything other than the body paint designs for women's ceremonies. She still lives in the Utopia region with her large extended family.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Museum of Victoria, Melbourne

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Exhibitions

1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, SH Ervin Gallery Sydney
1990 'Utopia – A Picture Story' an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1991 Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Tennessee
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, N.T, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2005 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, N.T, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, N.T, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill

Further References

Brody, A. A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth 1990
Brody, A. Utopia: a Picture Story 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth
Johnson V. 1994 The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales