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Mary Morton Kemarre

Mary Morton Kemarre

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Mary Morton Kemarre was born in 1931. Mary's father was Billy Morton, and she has 7 children: Lucky, Audrey, Sarah, Ruby, Valerie, Benny and Paul. Her sister is Katie Kemarre. She has 2 brothers in Tennant Creek. Her mother left them for a young fellow so their father (Angelina Ngale's brother) brought the girls up.

Mary was part of the early Batik group which produced desert designs on silk and cotton with the batik technique. These art works were produced first in 1977, the very year that the Anmatyerre and Alyawarre people began moving back on to their traditional land at Utopia Station where they resettled in a variety of outstations. The success of the batik movement led eventually to the artists - mostly women - trying their hand at painting with acrylic on linen in the summer of 1988-9. Their efforts were well coordinated by CAAMA in what was termed "A Summer Project". Since then, Mary has created artworks in acrylic on canvas and woodden sculptures and carvings. Mary paints Antarrengenye Country, Camp Scenes Kurrajong Dreaming.

Collections
· Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
· National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
· National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
· The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
· The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA


Group Exhibitions
· 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works On Canvas, A Summer Project
· 1988/89, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
· 1990, Utopia-A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Robert Holmes, a Court Collection by Utopia Artist which toured Eire and Scotland.
· 1991, The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
· 1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
· 1993, The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
· 1994, Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
· 1999, World Tour, Art Direct Gallery.com, Litsey & Kearney


Dernière mise à jour - 9 juin 2017