Aboriginal Artist Shirley Dixon Kemarre

Shirley Dixon Kemarre

Born: c. 1970's

Language Group: Arrernte /Alyawarre

Country: Angootuna, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Ntyemeny (Ruby Saltbush), Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Bush Foods, Yerrampe (Honey Ants), Kwatye (Water) Dreaming

Shirley began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1999. Her mother, Elsie Dixon, and many of her extended family members are talented dot painters. Shirley grew up at Alcoota as the eldest child of five girls; Thelma, Elizabeth, Maureen and Dianne Dixon. She paints both the stories that belong to her father's country and her mother's. Like her mother, she speaks the Arrernte language but she also speaks Alyawarre.

Shirley is married to George Club Petyarre (Lena Pwerle's son) and they have two sons. She lives with them at Tomahawk camp in the Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs


2000 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT Australia
2001 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT Australia
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
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Knoxville and Greenwich