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about

Kudditji is now a traditional custodian of his country and of the Emu story, for which he was responsible in initiating the younger men of his clan. Although not much detail is given about aspects of this initiation, it is generally understood that this involved the practical teaching of hunting the Emu as well as the spiritual story of the Emu ancestors. It is Kudditji's obligation to continue this story and his intimate physical and spiritual knowledge of the Anmatyerre country is what he now transfers onto his canvas.

Kudditji mixes his colours directly onto the canvas, layering his paint into a patchwork formation. Often his works will change throughout the day as different light sources draw out different colours and elements, whilst others recede. It is in this depth that his story of country and the story of the Emu resides, the complexity and vastness of his landscape only accessible in patches as they come to light.

exhibited

2011 Kimman Amsterdam, Presentation Landrover Evoque, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

more about Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye

b. 1928
Utopia, Eastern Desert

d. 23.01.2017

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 . . .
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