Kudditji Kngwarreye


Kudditji Kngwarreye 1928 -2017

Kudditji was as born in Lallguora, at Utopia Station, located about 270 kms north east of Alice Springs. His language is Eastern Anmatyerre. He is the skin brother of the renowned Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye (who sadly passed away in 1996)

Kudditji began painting in the early 1980’s he is one of Australia’s leading aboriginal artist.

Prior to his Art career Kudditji worked as a stockman and a mine worker, it wasn’t until the passing of his Sister Emily that kudditji began to paint more frequently.

Kudditji began painting in the more traditional style related to the law of the emu Ancestors and men’s ceremonial dreamings, in 1990 his style changed dramatically changed into a more abstract with bold use of colour. As the custodian for his county around Utopia many of his works depict sacred sites where men’s business takes place.

Kudditji is considered in the top 200 most collectable Aboriginal Artist of all time as rated by Australian Indigenous Art Market kudditji is currently sitting at 145th.

It was said that his singing could be heard while he painted, his works depicting the stories of the land; the ancestors, hunts, travels and the food and water of Anmatyerre country.

His passing leaves a hole in the art community and the lives of the people that were close with him. Kudditji's songs and stories will live on through his beautiful artworks, which now hang in galleries, private collections, and homes all over the world.

Solo exhibitions:

2011: Kudditji Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2010: Kudditji Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2009: Kudditji Kngwarreye: Pastels, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2008: 30 Emu Dreamings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2008: My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2006: Masterwork, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2006: My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2005: Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Danks Street, Sydney

2005: New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2005: Colours in Country, Art Mob, Hobart, Tasmania

2004: My Country, New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2004: My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2004: Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Exhibition, Sydney

2003: New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

1999: New Paintings, Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne

Selected group exhibitions:

2008: Black & White: Inspired by Landscape, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2005: Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs

2005: Fresh from the Central Desert, Canberra Grammar School, Canberra

2004: Two Senior Men, Art Mob Gallery, Tasmania

2004: Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago

2004: Spirit of Colour, Depot Gallery, Sydney

2002: The Contemporaries, Contemporary Artspace, Brisbane

1992: Tjukurrpa, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Basel, Switzerland

1991: Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

1990: Art Dock, Contemporary Art from Australia, Noumea, New Caledonia

Major collections:

Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne

Macquarie University, NSW

R. M. Barokh Antiques, Los Angeles, California



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