Kngwarreye, Emily Kame (1910-1996)

Also known as
Kngwarraye, Emily Kame (1910-1996)
Ngwarray, Emily Kam (1910-1996)
Field of activity
Artist; Stockhand
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35134420
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-477780

Biographies

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One of the best known desert artists and a senior woman in Utopia (NT), Kngwarreye's work is distinctive for its expressive abstract style. The recipient of awards such as the Australian Artists Creative Fellowship (1992), her work is recognised internationally and is included in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Born c.1910 at Alhalkere (Soakage Bore) Utopia Station, Emily is an Eastern Anmatyerre speaker and senior artist at Utopia. Her Country is Alhalkere and her Dreamings include Sand Goanna, Wild Orange, and Emu. Emily first saw white people as a young girl aged about nine. She worked in her younger days as a stockhand on pastoral properties in this area (see The Art of Utopia, M. Boulter) at a time when Aboriginal women on the stations were usually only employed as domestics – suggesting the forceful independence of her personality. Emily was the adopted daughter of Jacob Jones, a very important lawman in the Alyawarre community, and a leader in the women’s ceremonial business at Utopia. From the time she painted her first canvas for A Summer Project 1988-9 , the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye has received widespread acclaim and recognition. Emily found in acrylics and canvas a medium more suited to the bold immediacy of her style than the more laborious production processes of batik, in which she had been working for the preceding decade and exhibiting with the Utopia women in exhibitions in Australia and abroad since 1977. Her technique is highly individual with under-drawings covered by layers of dots. Her pleasure in working as an artist is reflected in her powerful colours and her energetic and expressive compositions. In 1990, Emily’s work was shown in two highly successful solo shows in Sydney, as well as the Art Gallery of NSW’s Abstraction show. Later that year she ...

Flourished

  • fl. 1988 -

Flourished

  • fl. 1977 -

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Related people and organisations

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

  • (member of) Ngengenwurung people (S26.1) (Vic SJ54-08)

Australian Women's Register

Design and Art Australia Online

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
  • Artbank
  • Auckland City Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
  • Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, VIC
  • Queensland Art Gallery
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • Holmes a Court Collection, Perth, WA
  • Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at the University of Western Australia
  • Crossroads Toward a New Reality
  • Crossroads Toward a New Reality
  • Utopia: the Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye
  • Dreaming their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters
  • Aratjara - Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
  • Joan and Peter Clemenger Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art
  • Aboriginal Art from Australia
  • Untitled Event
  • Contemporary Aboriginal Art
  • Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert
  • Contemporary Aboriginal Art
  • A Picture Story
  • Untitled Event
  • Untitled Event
  • Abstraction
  • A Summer Project: Utopia Women's Paintings (the First works on Canvas)
  • A Summer Project: Utopia Women's Paintings (the First works on Canvas)
  • Fluent: 47th Venice Biennale exhibition
  • Utopia: Ancient cultures/new forms
  • Fluent: Australian art from the 47th Venice Biennale
  • Emily Kame Kngwarreye: Alhalkere: paintings from Utopia
  • A l'hombre des jeunes filles et des fleurs: In the shadow of young girls and flowers
  • Review
  • Women and Art
  • Women hold up half the sky
  • A Celebration of the Art and Craft of Aboriginal Women
  • (see also) Australian Artists Creative Fellowship
  • (see also) Jones, Jacob William
  • (see also) Bird, Ada Petyarre
  • (see also) Bokor, Julius
  • (see also) Jones-Evans, Dale
  • (see also) Kngwarreye, Lily
  • (see also) Kngwarreye, Lily
  • (see also) Pwerle, Louis
  • (see also) Watson, Judy
  • (see also) CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association)
  • (see also) My Country
  • (see also) Last Series
  • (see also) My Country, Body Paint
  • (see also) Big Yam Dreaming
  • (see also) Wild Potato Dreaming
  • (see also) Anooralya
  • (see also) (from the Alhalkere Suite)
  • (see also) The Alhalker suite
  • (see also) Awelye
  • (see also) 95/112/1 Textile length, batik / silk, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Utopia, Northern Territory, Australia, 1988
  • (see also) Length of fabric

Resources for Emily Kame Kngwarreye

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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

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  2. ( An exhibition of paintings by Emily Kngwarreye of Utopia, N.T. ) Melbourne 1990
    [1990]

    Summary: Emily was born in 1910 at a soakage called Alalgura on Utopia Station.

    Place: Utopia (South Central NT SF53-10); Melbourne (Vic SJ55-05)

    Language: Ngengenwurung people (S26.1) (Vic SJ54-08);

  3. Distant Voices. Panorama
    Chenery, Susan.
    [(July 1992), p. 10]

    Summary: A great artist, whose wares are included in the ANG's collection, who lives in poverty in a tin box with holes cut in the sides for windows. When asked, "What is one of the hardest challenges you have had?" Kngwarreye replied in pidjin, "That time I carried big kangaroo up sandhill".

    Language: Ngengenwurung people (S26.1) (Vic SJ54-08);

  4. An Introduction of the National Gallery of Australia 1992 : 32-33
    [1992]

    Summary: Work collected by the National Gallery of Australia.

  5. For Emily, Success comes in her eighties. Senior Citizens week 1993. Official Program. 1993 : 12-13
    [1993]

    Summary: Brief biograph.

    Place: Utopia (South Central NT SF53-10); New South Wales (NSW)

  6. Utopia Art. Sydney. Emily Kame Kngwarreye. 1990. p14626. Rp (A) UTO
    [1990]

    Summary: Brief history of Emily; s art. Photo.

    Place: Utopia (South Central NT SF53-10); Sydney (NSW SI56-05)

    Language: Anmatyerre / Anmatyerr people (C8.1) (NT SF53-09)Ngengenwurung people (S26.1) (Vic SJ54-08);

  7. For Emily, success comes in her eighties. Senior Citizens Week Official Program
    [(1993),p. 12,13,]

    Summary: She estimates she was born about 1910. Usually worked with the canvas stretched across her legs; used round brushes, sticks and her fingers. Born at Alalgura.

    Place: Utopia (South Central NT SF53-10)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Kngwarreye, Emily Kame
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project

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  1. Emily
    [ Video : 2009-2010 ]
    At UQ Library
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  2. Emily Kame Kngwarreye : Alhalkere : paintings from Utopia : [exhibition information package] / coordinated by Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Australia
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, 1910-1996
    [ Book : 1998 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  3. Emily Kame Kngwarreye : New directions
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, 1910-1996
    [ Book : 1994 ]
    Languages: Undetermined
    At 2 libraries
    Emily Kame Kngwarreye : New directions
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  4. Emily Kame Kngwarreye : 2000 calendar of paintings from Utopia
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, approximately 1910-1996
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 2 libraries
    Emily Kame Kngwarreye : 2000 calendar of paintings from Utopia
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  5. Emily Kame Kngwarreye
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, approximately 1910-1996
    [ Book : 1990-2000 ]
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  6. Emily Kngwarreye and the enigmatic object of discourse / Sally Butler
    Butler, Sally
    [ Thesis : 2002 ]
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    At 4 libraries
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  7. Emily Kame Kngwarreye : recent paintings
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, approximately 1910-1996
    [ Book : 1996 ]
    At Monash Uni Library
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  8. Emirī unguwarē ten : aborijini ga unda tensai gaka / [Benīta Tankusu [and others] henshū ; Māgo Nīru [et al.] shippitsu
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, 1910-1996
    [ Book, Government publication : 2008 ]
    Languages: Japanese;English, [1 other]
    At 8 libraries
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  9. Emily Kame Kngwarreye : the person and her paintings / edited by Anne Runhardt ; [essays researched and written by Victoria King]
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, approximately 1910-1996
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At 18 libraries
    Emily Kame Kngwarreye : the person and her paintings / edited by Anne Runhardt ; [essays researched and written by Victoria King]
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  10. Earth's creation : the paintings of Emily Kame Kngwarreye
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, approximately 1910-1996
    [ Book, Photograph : 1998 ]
    At 28 libraries
    Earth's creation : the paintings of Emily Kame Kngwarreye
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  1. Emily
    [ Video : 2009-2010 ]
    At UQ Library
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  2. Emily Kame Kngwarreye : Alhalkere : paintings from Utopia : [exhibition information package] / coordinated by Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Australia
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, 1910-1996
    [ Book : 1998 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  3. Emily Kame Kngwarreye : New directions
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, 1910-1996
    [ Book : 1994 ]
    Languages: Undetermined
    At 2 libraries
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  4. Emily Kngwarreye : artist file
    Kngwarreye, Emily
    [ Book ]
    At Nat Portrait Gall
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  5. Emily Kame Kngwarreye : 2000 calendar of paintings from Utopia
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, approximately 1910-1996
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 2 libraries
    Emily Kame Kngwarreye : 2000 calendar of paintings from Utopia
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  6. Emily in Japan : the making of an exhibition
    [ Video : 2009-2013 ]
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  7. Emily Kame Kngwarreye
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, approximately 1910-1996
    [ Book : 1990-2000 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  8. Emily in Japan : the making of an exhibition
    [ Video : 2009-2013 ]
    At UQ Library
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  9. Emily Kngwarreye and the enigmatic object of discourse / Sally Butler
    Butler, Sally
    [ Thesis : 2002 ]
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    At 4 libraries
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  10. Emirī unguwarē ten : aborijini ga unda tensai gaka / [Benīta Tankusu [and others] henshū ; Māgo Nīru [et al.] shippitsu
    Kngwarreye, Emily Kame, 1910-1996
    [ Book, Government publication : 2008 ]
    Languages: Japanese;English, [1 other]
    At 8 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 146,931.109)

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  1. Kngwarreye, Lily (1937-)
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    ... Kngwarreye, Emily Kame ... Aboriginal Land. Emily Kngwarreye is her adopted sister. She exhibited at the Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in ... . Born c.1937 McDonald Downs Station, Lily Kngwarreye is an Alyawarre speaker. Her country is Entibera ...
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  1. ART Exquisite, inventive colourist Emily Kame Kngwarreye: Paintings from 1989-95, works from the Delmore Collection. Parliament House, closes December 3.
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Tuesday 5 December 1995 p 21 Article Illustrated
    ... be between 1910 and 1916. Her place of birth is Alalgura (soakage bore) at Utopia, north-east of ... Exquisite, inventive colourist By SASHA GRISHIN Emily Kame Kngwarreye: Paintings from 1989 ... 486 words
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  2. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Spiritual power in an ancient art tradition ART | The Power of the Line, paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and Where Deserts Meet. Chapman Gallery, Manuka, [...
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Wednesday 6 December 1995 p 19 Article Illustrated
    ... other specials for 1996, network spokeswoman Pat Schultz says. But Hope will keep another custom long a ... Line, paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and Where Deserts Meet. Chapman Gallery, Manu-ka,Wednesday to ... 686 words
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  3. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Rare chance to see Kngwarreye's art A CAPITAL LIFE
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 11 November 1995 p 55 Article Illustrated
    ... of exceptional beauty and quali-ty Born around 1910 at Utopia, north-east of Alice Springs, she is a ... appreciate one of the great Australian artists: a ma-jor exhibition of Emily Kame Kngwarreye's paintings has ... 1162 words
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  5. Portrait of Emily Kame Kngwarreye
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  1. Emily Kngwarreye exhibition
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2008 ]
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    Emily Kngwarreye exhibition
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  2. Emily Kngwarreye
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  3. Emily Kngwarreye paints alongside Barbara Weir [filmed by] Frances Jones
    [ Video, Sound : 1994 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  4. Emily In Japan
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  2. [Emily Kame Kngwarreye : Australian Art and Artists file]
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  3. [Biographical cuttings on Emily Kame Kngwarreye, artist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  1. Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye
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  2. EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE, MELINDA HARPER
    The Australian (National, Australia)
    [ Article : 1996 ]
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  3. EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE, IRENE CHOU
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  4. The First Seed: Emily Kame Kngwarreye 1910-1996.(Poem)
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  1. Emily Kame Kngwarreye : the person and her paintings
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  4. Emily Kame Kngwarreye [exhibition catalogue]
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