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.
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
Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
Macquarie University, NSW
R. M. Barokh Antiques, Los Angeles, California