Ally Kemarre

Ally Kemarre
1920 () - 2007

Country: Ahalpere
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Anmatyerre


biography

Ally began painting during the CAAMA - A Summer Project of 1988/89 when acrylic painting was introduced to her home region of Utopia. Though far from prolific, Ally steadily painted up until her death in 2007. Her simplistic paintings reflect the Anwekety; small black conkerberries that grow after good rain. They are found abundantly in certain areas of Utopia, particularly where she called home. Ally lived in a family community where many members were artists focused primarily on painting and to a lesser extent, sculpture. Some of these family members include Glady Kemarre, Angelina Pwerle and Polly and Kathleen Ngale. 


literature

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


Exhibitions

1989 - Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project,
1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney; 1990 - 'Utopia - A Picture Story,' an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire & Scotland.
2006 - Senior Women of Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane
2007 - Eastern Desert Dreaming, Artists from Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane


collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands 
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs ?
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne