​Emily Kame Kngwarreye


Emily Kame Kngwarreye was born around 1910 at Alhalkere (Soakage As a young woman Emily worked as a stock rider at Utopia station and other surrounding stations. Bore).

In 1977 through to the late 1980’s Emily was heavily involved in the silk batik programs which were run in Utopia.

In 1989, through her involvement with The Summer Project she began to experiment with acrylic paints on canvas which was a revelation for her talent. Colours merge and change form to communicate a strong cosmological message. She has gone from particular subjects to show abstraction of her complete world, moving her beyond her cultural roots.

Her work is featured in all Australian state galleries and most reputable private collections in Australia, and around the world.

On the 2nd of September 1996 Emily passed away, a big loss to the art world and those people who knew her personally or through her paintings.



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