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An image of Alhwert II by Lily Sandover Kngwarreye

Lily Sandover Kngwarreye

(Australia circa 1937 – circa 2002)

Language group
Alyawarr, Central Desert region
Title
Alhwert II
Place of origin
UtopiaNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
2001
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Edition
1/50
Dimensions

49.6 x 99.0 cm platemark; 79.0 x 107.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Lily". Not dated.
Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2002
Accession number
95.2002
Copyright
© Lily Sandover Kngwarreye
Location
Not on display
Further information

Lily (Sandover) Kngwarreye is the adopted sister of renowned artist, Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Alyawarre artist, Lily Kngwarreye, was born c. 1937 and her country is Entibera. She began paintings with the other Utopia artists in 1988-89. Currently a member of the Utopia artists cooperative, Urapuntja Artists, Kngwarreye collaborated with Northern Editions in producing the etchings 'Alhwert II' and 'Alhwert I' (also in the Gallery's collection).

The alhwert (pronounced 'allota') were a small burrowing bettong, now extinct. This print depicts iepa grass, which was the traditional food source and home of the alhwert. The centre from which the patterns radiate is where the alhwert made its home.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002