Abie Loy Kemarre - WOMEN'S BODY PAINT AL1937

Abie Loy Kemarre Women's Body Paint Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas AL1937


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Artist: Abie Loy Kemarre
Skin Name: Kemarre (Akemarr)
Born: c.1972
Region: Utopia NT
Language: Eastern Anmatyerre
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Bush Plum, Atwelkarr, Body Painting, Bush Hen Dreaming and Bush Leaves



Abie Loy Kemarre was born c.1972 on Utopia Station, 270 kilometres north east of Alice Springs. This Central Desert community is known for its output of significant and high quality artwork. Abie Loy belongs to the Anmatyerr tribe 

and speaks Eastern Anmatyerr with English as a second language. She is the daughter of Margaret Loy and Ray Loy Pula. Her aunt is the celebrated artist, Gloria Petyarre. Abie Loy Kemarre began painting in 1994 under the guidance of her grandmother and renowned artist, Kathleen Petyarre. Abie adopted the delicate dotting techniques used by Kathleen as well as developing her own unique style.

Over time, Abie Loy Kemarre's paintings further evolved through her skill as a talented colorist and during 2001/2002, Loy introduced a bolder, more abstract style in her Sand hills and Body painting series. These newly evolved paintings are representational of her inherited Dreaming stories, however, these powerful images could be stylistically interpreted as abstract, expressionist and even post-modern. Abie Loy Kemarre's unique style of painting has brought her critical acclaim that postures her at the leading edge of Aboriginal & Australian contemporary art movement.

The stories that are portrayed in Abie's painting include Body Painting, Bush Hen Dreaming and Bush Leaves.

Her works are held in major collections all over the world. Batik work exhibited in Bali, works on canvas exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally.



  • 2006 "Abie Loy, Bush Leaf and Other Dreaming's", Gladfly Gallery, Perth
  • 2005 "Abie Loy Kemarre, Solo Exhibition", Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2005 "Abie Loy Kemarre, New Paintings", Gladfly Gallery, Perth
  • 2004 Abie Loy Kemarre, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
  • 2004 Abie Loy Kemarre, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
  • 2003 Abie Loy Kemarre, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 




  • 2006 Recent Painting, Kathleen Petyarre & Abie Loy, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 2006 Abie Loy & Kathleen Petyarre, New Paintings, Maun sell Wickes Gallery, Paddington, NSW
  • 2005 Utopia & Beyond, Maunsell Wicks, Paddington, NSW
  • 2005 Dreamings, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
  • 2004 Arrnkerthe, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2003 Abie Loy Kemarre - Recent Paintings, Fire-works Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2002 Abie Loy & Violet Petyarre - Recent Paintings, Mary Place Gallery, Paddington, NSW
  • 2001 15th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition, Darwin, NT
  • The Collection, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA
  • 2000 Utopia, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1999 North by North East: Landscape & Ceremonial paintings from Utopia, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
  • 1999 SALA Week, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA
  • 1999 Joint Indonesian: Utopia Batik Workshop for the Third Pacific Arts, King Street Gallery, Perth, WA
  • 1999 Utopia: Recent Works, King Street Gallery, Perth, WA
  • 1998 Our Country Then and Now, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA
  • 1998 Raiki Wara: Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • 1998 Utopia Dreamings, Japingka Gallery, Perth, WA
  • 1997 Shliderijen uit Utopia, Songlines Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1997 Dreampower: the Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • 1997 14th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Touring Art
  • 1997 The Alice Prize Art Exhibition, Alice Springs, NT 



  • 2001 finalist in 18th Telstra NATSIAA
  • 1997 finalist in 14th Telstra NATSIAA 



  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Festival of Arts Foundation Collection, Adelaide
  • The Adelaide University Art Collection, South Australia
  • The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission Cjllection, Adelaide
  • The Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle, USA
  • The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
  • The National Gallery of Victoria
  • Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth


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

This painting is associated with the women's ceremony representing body movement (dancing) and chanting of the Aboriginal Women whilst applying Awelye designs to the Upper Body.


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