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KUDDITJI KNGWARREYE

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BIOGRAPHY

Artist: Kudditji Kngwarreye
Skin Name: Kngwarreye
Born: c. 1928 - 2017
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Language: Eastern Anmatyerre 
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): My Country & Emu Dreaming.

 

ABOUT ARTIST

Kudditji Kngwarreye is the youngest half brother to the most famous and highly collectable artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye (who sadly passed away in 1996). Kudditji was born in approximately 1928 and comes from Boundary

Bore in Utopia in Central Australia. He led a traditional lifestyle and upbringing in the Central Australian desert, learning his Dreamings and cultural responsibilities. As a young man he worked as a stockman as did many Aboriginal men who lived on or near pastoral leases in Central Australia. An Anmatyerre man and highly respected elder Kudditji would often take young boys and men hunting emu and merging traditional hunting skills as part of their initiation as men.

He began painting in 1986 and would sell his artwork to many local galleries in Alice Springs. Painting was not a career for him in the early days and it wasn’t until the passing of his sister that he began to paint more frequently. When he first began painting his style was consistent with the times and he would paint detailed artworks depicting Emu Dreaming and Men’s Ceremonial Dreamings. These paintings featured ranks of coloured roundels and other traditional iconography on a chequered or dotted background. From 1990 his paintings took a somewhat radical style using more abstract imagery and bold colours. Initially these were not well received by galleries however Kudditji persevered and eventually received recognition for this new style of painting. He uses a heavily loaded brush and a usually bright palette of colour. The paint sweeps broadly across the canvas with progressive blocks of stippled colour. Kudditji’s paintings reflect a style he has become well known for since 2003 when he began to explore the “dump dot” technique made famous by his sister, Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2012 “Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer”, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle.
  • 2011 “Kudditji Kngwarreye”, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney.
  • 2011 “Kudditji Kngwarreye”, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney.
  • 2010 “Tradition to Modernity”, Central Art – Aboriginal Art Store, Tasmanian Craft Fair, Deloraine.
  • 2010 “Kudditji Kngwarreye”, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney.
  • 2010 “Summer Collection”, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle.
  • 2009 “Kudditji Kngwarreye: Pastels”, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney.
  • 2009 “Kudditji Kngwarreye Feature 2”, Central Art – Aboriginal Art Store, Alice Springs.
  • 2009 “Kudditji Kngwarreye – Recent Works”, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle.
  • 2008, “My Country”, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle.
  • 2008, “From the Air”, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2008, “Blue: A Group Show”, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2008, “Black & White: Inspired by Landscape”, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney.
  • 2008, “Kudditji Kngwarrye”, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle.
  • 2008, “Kudditji Kngwarreye Feature”, Central Art – Aboriginal Art Store, Alice Springs.
  • 2008, “30 Emu Dreamings”, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney.
  • 2006, “New Paintings”, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne.

 

COLLECTIONS

  • Araluen Arts Centre.
  • Hank Ebes Collection.
  • Macquarie University.
  • R.M. Barokh Antiques.
  • Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection.

 

SOURCE: Birnberg, M & Kreczmanski, JB 2004, Aboriginal artists dictionary of biographies: Western Desert, Central Desert and Kimberley Region, 1st edn., JB Publishing, Marleston.

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