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Emily Kame Kngwarreye


circa 1910 – 03 Sep 1996

Language group: Anmatyerr, Central Desert region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Utopia Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Anmatyerr, Central Desert region
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer on polyester canvas
    198.0 x 95.0 cm
    Gift of Ian Hill 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Emily Kam Ngwarray. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Emily Kame Kngwarreye

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  • About

    Emily Kam Kngwarreye was born at Alhalkere, north of Alice Springs and after working as a camel handler and stockhand, she became an artist of international repute. Although she only painted for the art market in the last decade of her life, she produced an extraordinary number of works, at times producing monumental canvases in the one sitting. Kngwarreye revolutionised the perception of Aboriginal art, her minimalist works captivating many for their strong visual links to western abstraction. Although Kngwarreye’s works can be viewed in this manner, her paintings are innately connection to her country, the Alhalkere lands around Utopia, NT.
    The expressive lines in this work refer to body painting on skin for ceremony. Anmatyerre women don’t see lines, they see the breadth and depth of knowledge of their Alhalkere lands, for the lines simultaneously refer to song, dance and stories that relate to country.

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