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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye was born circa 1910 at Alhalkere (Soakage Bore) and died in 1996. She was raised on the land in the traditional ways and spoke Anmatyerre. Her dreamings included "Sand Goanna", "Wild Orange", "Emu", "Wildflower" and "Yam" or bush potato. Her first contact with Europeans was in 1919.

She took up painting in her seventies whilst working with the Utopia Women's Batik Group. She continued to dominate the art world for 10 years until her death. Kngwarreye first drew widespread attention when her acrylic paintings were displayed in Sydney in 1989. In 1990, her first commercial solo exhibition was mounted at Utopia Art, Sydney. In 1992 she was awarded the prestigious Australia Council's Australian Artists Creative Fellowship and travelled to Canberra to receive the award. She visited the National Gallery of Australia on this occasion. During this time of intense creativity, Kngwarreye possessed an energy and strength which did not reflect her years and she produced paintings rich in texture and design. A brilliant blending and merging of colours permeates her paintings with a glowing abstract quality.

Knwgarreye has become one of the most well known and highly regarded Aboriginal painters of the 1980s. The sheer influence and magnitude of this artist's work is reflected today with her paintings attracting much attention and value at auctions and galleries.

Her paintings are represented in the art collections of many leading corporations and institutions including; AMP, Macquarie Bank, Kelton Foundation, The Vatican Collection, National Gallery of Australia, The Holmes a Court Collection, Artbank, ATSIC, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Queensland, Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Tasmania, University of Miami, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand and many more.

Last Updated - Jun 9, 2017