Emily Kame Kngwarreye
(Deceased)


Photo courtesy of "Nangara" The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition,
from the Ebes Collection, published by the Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings 1996


One of the most highly respected Aboriginal artists of all time





Emily Kame Kngwarreye


Dob:		1910
Died:		1996   
Place:		at Alhalkere Utopia Station.
Area:		Alhalkere NE of Alice Springs, Central Australia
Language: 	Eastern Anmatyerre     
Tribe:		Utopia	

Dreamings:	Yam, Yam Seeds, Wild Potato, Wild Flowers, Sand Goanna,
		Wild Orange & Emu.


Awards:
1992 Emily was awarded an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship


Collections:	
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Canberra. Araluen
Arts Centre, Alice Springs. Artbank, Sydney. Art Gallery of New
South Wales, Sydney. Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. Benalla Art
Gallery, Benalla, Victoria. Coventry Collection, Donald Kahn
collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. Museum of
Victoria, Melbourne. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Queensland Art Gallery,
Brisbane. The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth. The Kelton
Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A. University of New South Wales,
Sydney. University of Sydney Union, Sydney.
Numerous  public & private collections around the world including
the Vatican in Rome and Buckingham Palace in London.


Exhibitions:	
Individual Exhibitions:
1990, First Solo Exhibition, Utopia Art Sydney, Stanmore
1990, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1990, Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1991, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
1991, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Utopia Art Sydney, Stanmore
1991, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1992, Alkalhere, Utopia Art Sydney, Stanmore
1992, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1993, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
1993, The Alkalhere Suite, Utopia Art Sydney, Stanmore
1993, Recent Paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1994, Emily Kame Kngwarreye: New Directions, Utopia Art Sydney, Stanmore
1994, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Utopia, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London


Group Exhibitions:
1977-1987, Exhibited in many group shows with the Utopia Women's Batik Group worldwide.
1988, Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utopia Art Sydney, Stanmore
1989, Art from Utopia, Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA
1989, Utopia Batik, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1989, Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S.
	H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1989, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1990, Abstraction, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1990, Paintings from the Desert, Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, Plimsoll  Gallery,
Centre for the Arts, Hobart, Tasmania
1990, Utopian Artists, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
1990, Utopia Artists in Residence Project: Louie Pwerle and Emily Kame  Kngwarreye,
1989-1990, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard
	University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center  for the Arts, United States
	of America
1990, 'Utopia - A Picture Story,' an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a
	Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland.
1990/91, New Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria
1991, Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, Vic.
1991, Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert, Union of Soviet Artists Gallery, Moscow and
	Museum of Ethnographic Art, St. Petersburg, Russia.
1991, Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, High Court, Canberra
1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1991, Through Women's Eyes, ATSIC travelling exhibition.
1991, Images of Women, S. H., Ervin Museum, Sydney
1991, Flash Pictures, National Gallery of Australia
1991, Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, Lowe Art Museum,
	University of Miami, USA
1992, Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice
	Springs
1992, Aboriginal Art: Utopia in the Desert, Nogazaka Arthall, Tokyo, Japan
1992, Nineteen ninety two, New Work, Utopia Art Sydney, Stanmore
1992, Bubbles, Baubles and Beads, Utopia Art Sydney, Stanmore
1992, Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert, State Ukranian Museum of Art, Kiev, Ukraine;
	State Byelorussian Museum of Modern Art, Minsk, Byelorussia.
1992, Crossroads-Towards a New Reality, Aboriginal Art from Australia, National Museums 
	of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo
1992, The Ninth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art  Gallery of 
	the NT, Darwin
1992, Emily Kngwarreye and Utopia Artists, Hogarth Galleries, Paddington
1992, My Story, My Country: Aboriginal Art and the Land, Art Gallery of New 
	South Wales, Sydney
1993, Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia  (1971-1993), 
	Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
1993, Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, 
1993, Out on Selection: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Australian Painting and
	Sculpture from the Holmes a Court Collection, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
1993, The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art  Gallery of the
	NT, Darwin
1993, Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
	Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra.
1993, Trevor Nickolls and Paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Ginger Riley Manduwalawala
	and Rover Thomas, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
1993/4, ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen,
	Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
1994, Dreamings - Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert; The Donald Kahn
	collection, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
1994, Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
	Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra.
1994, Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria. 
1994, Identities: Art from Australia, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, Wollongong City
	Gallery
1994, Utopia Body Paint: The Oval Paintings Collection, Bishop Museum, Hawaii
1994, Desert Paintings, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
1994, Ink Lines: Mapping the Printer, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art, Sydney
1994, This Land: A Celebration, Utopia Art Sydney, Stanmore.
1994, Creators and Inventors, Australian Women's Art in the National Gallery  of Victoria,
	National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1994, Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1995, Ian Fairweather and Emily Kngwarreye, Niagara Gallery, Victoria.
1995, A Celebration of the Art and Craft of Aboriginal Women, Tribal Art Centre, Sydney
1995, Stories, Eine Reise zu den grossen Dingen, touring, Sprengel Museum  Hannover,
	Museum fur Volkerkunde Leipzig, Hausder Kulteren der Welt Berlin, Ludwig-Forum fur
	Internationale Kunst Aachen


Select Bibliography:
Andreeva, Y., 1992, 'Russian reflections on Australian Aboriginal Art,' 
Art Monthly Australia 50, 3-4. (C) 

Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, 1991, 
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA. 

Batty, P., and Sheridan, N., 1990, Utopia Artist in Residence 
Project, Holmes a Court Foundation, Perth. 

1990, Painting from the Desert, exhib. cat., University of 
Tasmania, Hobart. (C) 

Brody, A., 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Works on 
Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth. (C) 

Brody, A., 1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art: from the Robert 
Holmes a Court Collection, exhib. cat.,Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth. 

Brody, A., 1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the 
Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury  Holdings Ltd, Perth. (C)

Brody, A., Krempel, U., Bahr, E., (eds.), 1995, Stories, Eine Reise 
zu den grossen Dingen, exhib. cat., Landeshauptstadt Hannover Der 
Oberstadtdirektor Sprengel Museum Hannover and Autoren. 

Boulter, M., 1991, The Art of Utopia, Craftsman House, Roseville, 
New South Wales. (C) 

Caruana, W., 1993, Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson, London. (C) 

Crumlin, R., (ed.), 1991, Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, Collins 
Dove, North Blackburn, Victoria. (C) 

Crossroads-Towards a new reality, 1992, exh. cat, Museum of Modern 
Art Kyoto, Japan 

Green, J., 1981, Utopia: Green, J., 1981, Utopia: Women, Country 
and Batik, Utopia Womens' Batik Group, Utopia, Northern Territory. (C) 

Johnson, V., 1993, Twentieth Century Dreaming, Contemporary Aboriginal 
Art, Art and Asia Pacific, quarterly journal Vol 1 No 1 December. 

Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, 
Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales. (C) 

Johnson, V., 1995, 'Is there a gender issue in Aboriginal art?', 
Art & Australia, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 350-357. 

1993, Aratjara, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and 
Contemporary Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
Artists, exhib. cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi 
in collaboration with Gary Lee), Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln. (C) 

Lynn, V., 1990, Abstraction, exhib. cat. AGNSW 

McCulloch, A., & McCulloch, S., 1994, The Encyclopedia of 
Australian Art, Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, St  Leonards, New South Wales. 

Neale, M., 1994, Yiribana, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. (C) 

Smith, T., Rethinking Regionalism: Art in the Northern Territory, 
Art & Australia, Vol 31, No. 4, Winter 1994. 

1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court 
Collection, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings  Ltd., Perth.

1991, Through Women's Eyes, exhib. cat., Aboriginal and Torres 
Strait Islander Commission, Woden, Australian Capital Territory. (C) 

1993, Tjukurrpa Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central 
Australia (1971-1993), exhib. cat., Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. (C) 

Amadio, N., 1992, 'Oz in the global art village,' Oz Arts 4, 70-71. (C) 

Wallace, D., Desmond, M., Caruana, W., 1991, Flash Pictures, 
exhib. cat., National Gallery of Australia,
Canberra. 

1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of 
New South Wales, Sydney. 

1994, Emily Kame Kngwarreye: New Directions, exhib. cat., Utopia 
Art Sydney, Stanmore. Record Date: 01/01/89



COMMENTS: First saw a white person when she was about 9 years old. The adopted daughter of Jacob Jones (senior elder of the Alyawarre people). Worked as a stockhand in her younger years. Commenced painting in 1988 and has received widespread acclaim and recognition. Emily's paintings are rapidly acquired by major private and public collectors around the world. She is the most famous of the Utopia and Desert artists of today and is included in a number of publications and has also been featured on TV. In 1992 Emily was awarded an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship.






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