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Title

Untitled

1992

Artist

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Australia

circa 1910 – 03 Sep 1996

Language group: Anmatyerr, Central Desert region

Artist profile

Alternate image of Untitled by Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Alternate image of Untitled by Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Alternate image of Untitled by Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Alternate image of Untitled by Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Alternate image of Untitled by Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Alternate image of Untitled by Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Alternate image of Untitled by Emily Kame Kngwarreye
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Utopia Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Anmatyerr, Alhalker/Utopia
    Date
    1992
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    Dimensions
    134.1 x 135.3 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. verso on stretcher [vertically], black fibre-tipped pen "Emily Kngwarreye_May'_92_E_ [logo]...".

    Credit
    Gift of John Eager 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    123.2014
    Copyright
    © Emily Kam Ngwarray. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Works in the collection

    8

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  • About

    Working in a remote, north-west corner of the Simpson Desert, on land annexed by pastoral leases during the 1920s, Emily Kam Ngwarray became, in the final decade of her life, perhaps the most celebrated and sought after Australian artist of her time.

    A leading figure in eastern Anmatyerr ceremony, Ngwarray was also the artist in whose work many white Australians first felt the force of an Indigenous art that could be seen to negotiate a space both within the aesthetics of Western abstraction and the timeless precepts of Aboriginal cultural traditions.

    Ngwarray attained artistic maturity as a woman in her seventies, not long converted to the techniques of painting on canvas, but with decades of painting in a ceremonial context and activity with the Utopia Women's Batik Group behind her - as well as life as a camel handler and stockhand. In an extraordinarily prolific eight years of professional painting, she produced magnificent canvases in which she appears to have aimed for essentialist visions of the multiplicities and connectedness of her country, as imaged in terms of its organic energies. Ngwarray's vital traceries both conform to, and seem to expand beyond, her clan codes, in abstractions of ceremonial markings and imagery of her country's flora and fauna.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Utopia

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Emily Kame Kngwarreye

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