Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye
1928 (Utopia, Eastern Desert) - 23.01.2017

Country: Alhalkere, Boundary Bore
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Anmatyerre


biography

Kudditji Kngwarreye was born around 1928 in Utopia, a community in the Eastern Desert about 230 km northeast of Alice Springs. He is one of the elders of the Anmatyerre language group and an important custodian of many important Dreamings. Kudditji is one of the first established male artists from Utopia.
Kudditji began painting his Emu Dreamings in a precise ‘dot painting’ style. Later he switched to the more abstract My Country style, consisting of coarse blocks with saturated colors in different tones. The My Country paintings can be seen as a representation of Kudditji’s birthplace, whose land and sky throughout changes of day and season are conveyed in shape and color. 
Kudditji’s more abstract My Country style is reminiscent of the later work of his famous kinswoman Emily Kame. It is not sure who first started painting in this style. Ever since Kudditji began to exhibit his abstract work in 2003, his star steadily rises in the international art world. Due to his deteriorating health, Kudditji was forced to stay and paint in one place (Alice Springs), in the last few years he hardly created new worsks.

Kudditji Kngwarreye passed away in January 2017.


Exhibitions

Selection of exhibitions by Kudditji Kngwarreye

2015 Signs and Traces - Contemporary Aboriginal Art. Cultural institute Zamek. Poznan, Poland
2008 From the Air Fireworks Gallery Brisbane; Blue: a group show Fireworks Gallery Brisbane 
2005 Big Country Gallery Gondwana Alice Springs; Fresh from the Central Desert Canberra Grammar School Canberra
2004 Two Senior Men Art Mob Hobart Tasmania; Australian Exhibition Centre Chicago; Heartbeat – Living Country Wentworth Hotel Sydney; Spirit of Colour Depot Gallery Sydney
2002 The Contemporaries Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane
2000 Mia Mia Aboriginal Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Chapel off Chapel Gallery Melbourne
1992 Tjukurrpa Museum fur Volkerkunde, Basel, Switzerland
1991 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1990 Art Dock Contemporary Art from Australia, Noumea, New Caledonia


collections

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

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