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Emily Kngwarreye

Retrospective Exhibition
Emily Kame Kngwarreye: The Person and her Paintings

Presented by DACOU Aboriginal Art

Emily Kame Kngwarreye is Australia’s most important and famous female artist.  Hailed as a modernist ‘genius’, she has been compared to Rothko and de Kooning.   An Anmatyerre elder from Utopia in the remote central desert region of the Northern Territory, Emily first took up painting on canvas in her late 70's.  She quickly became one of the leaders in the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, transforming her style several times during her short career of eight years.  Today she is known as one of the greatest abstract painters of the 20th century.

THIS EXHIBITION WAS HELD IN 2009

Venue:   DACOU Australia’s warehouse and headquarters
             
10 B Phillip Court, Port Melbourne, 3207,
            
 Melways Ref: 42, H11
              Wed to Sat 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
              
Sun 11:00am to 4:00pm

2nd venue: DACOU Melbourne,
                  
41 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park, 3206
                   Tues to Sat 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
                   Sun 11:00am to 4:00pm

Dates:   29 October to 6 December 2009

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Introductory catalogues are available. Please email info@dacoumelbourne.com.au if you wish to receive one.

A comprehensive 240 page soft cover book has been produced to accompany this exhibition with contributions from art critic Susan McCulloch, author Dr. Victoria King, Emily's adopted daughter Barbara Weir, Director of DACOU Fred Torres, and others that knew Emily personally.  Images of the artworks, photographs of Emily painting and old family photos of the artist are also included. This impressive book retails for $59.95

    
Exhibition was opened by Mr. John Morse AM (1)              
 

Below is a short video highlight of the exhibition:

Final Series, My Country, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 95 x 125 cm
Final Series, My Country, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 81 x 71 cm
Yam Dreaming, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 127 x 98 cm

 

 

 

 

  Exhibition: This important exhibition of over 80 pieces covering all significant series and periods of Emily Kngwarreye’s artistic career is the first commercial retrospective exhibition to be held since she passed away in 1996. It gives the public an outstanding chance to view and purchase works in each of her styles. DACOU has retained numerous magnificent pieces over the years and are included in this exhibition, such as rarely seen works from Emily's Ochre Series, created with ochre and charcoal she collected from her country.  On show is the sister painting to the famous Earth’s Creation (also titled Earth’s Creation, 1994, 4 panels, 211 x 596 cm) and just as splendid in colour and style. DACOU is pleased to be able to offer a selection of monumental and rare works from her Final Series.

The team at DACOU is thrilled to present this major retrospective and will use this opportunity to give insight into the person behind the paintings. Through photos and personal stories provided by people who were close to Emily Kngwarreye, the exhibition will also reveal the humorous and strong-minded character of this beloved artist.

DACOU is an Aboriginal-owned Gallery and many prominent Utopia artists and family members were present on the opening night, including Barbara Weir, and Emily Kngwarreye’s direct nieces Rosemary, Joy and Jeannie Petyarre.

The opening of this exhibition coincides with DACOU’s relocation from Adelaide to Melbourne.  It is the inaugural exhibition of their new headquarters in Port Melbourne.

DACOU (Dreaming Art Centre of Utopia) was established in 1993 in Adelaide and has supplied major galleries throughout Australia (including Gallery Savah, Sydney; Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne; and Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane) and internationally with fine Aboriginal art works from Utopia.   DACOU has been involved in over 200 exhibitions of Utopia art including Spirit Sings, 1998, Tandanya (National Aboriginal Cultural Institute); a major exhibition during the 2000 Olympic Games sponsored by AMP, Sydney; and Utopia, Colors of the Desert in 2008 in Seoul, Korea at Gongpyeong Art Space in conjunction with the Australian Embassy. DACOU now has galleries of its own in Melbourne, Sydney and Broome. Director Fred Torres was the nephew of Emily Kngwarreye (in Aboriginal Law) and was closely involved in her life and the rise of her career.  DACOU commissioned numerous major pieces such as ‘Earth’s Creation’ which sold for $1.056 million at a Deutscher-Menzies auction in 2007, breaking all previous records for an Australian female artist.  The following year the record was broken again when ‘My Country’, the largest piece from her final series sold privately for over $1 million. The outstanding Final Series was commissioned in 1996 by DACOU, 3 weeks before Emily passed away.  She used a wide brush to paint 24 extraordinary pieces consisting of intense blocks of fluid colour. Aboriginal artworks commissioned by DACOU are represented in many prominent collections such as the South Australia Art Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery and Parliament House.


Bush Potato, 1993, acrylic on canvas, 191 x 126 cm


(1) John Morse is the former managing director of the Australian Tourist Commission.  He now works with Aboriginal communities across Australia. He is chairman of the Mutitjulu Foundation, a Council Member of the National Museum of Australia, and co-chair of the Aboriginal Economic Development Task Force for the Government of Victoria. He was awarded an Order of Australia [AM] in 2003 for services to tourism and Indigenous tourism.

Further articles about Emily Kame Kngwarreye the Aboriginal artist can be found here.

Below is a selection of the paintings that will be on display:



An Enriched Country

Artist:
Greeny Purvis & Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
124x71cm
Code:
1348
Bush Potato

Artist:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Size:
150 x 202 cm
Code:
739
Wildflower

Artist:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Size:
152 x 212 cm
Code:
074
My Country

Artist:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Size:
82 x 127 cm
Code:
SS1197146
Wildflower

Artist:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Size:
81 x 199 cm
Code:
4371
Yam

Artist:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Size:
31 x 61 cm
Code:
SS119744
Earth’s Creation II

Artist:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Size:
149x211
Code:
SS1197114
An Enriched Country

Artist:
Emily and Greeny
Size:
272x269cm
Code:
1803
Wild Potato

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
76x122
Code:
SS1197118
Wild Potato

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
122x91cm
Code:
SS119720
Wildflower

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
82x125cm
Code:
SS11975
Yam

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
62x52cm
Code:
SS119754
Wild Potato

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
90x75cm
Code:
SS119771
Wildflower

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
89x60cm
Code:
SS119781
Body Paint

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
60x90cm
Code:
SS119782
Body Paint

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
54x41cm
Code:
SS119785
Wild Potato

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
121x121cm
Code:
3038
Body Paint

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
90x120cm
Code:
1622
Wild Flower

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
90x120cm
Code:
SS119704
My Country 128x82

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye AOL 1996
Size:
82x128cm
Code:
SS1197161
Bush Potato

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
191x126cm
Code:
SS119789
Wildflower

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
120 x 260cm
Code:
110028
Wildflower

Artist:
Emily Kngwarreye
Size:
105x119cm
Code:
110026
Wildflower

Artist:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Size:
105 x 120cm
Code:
110025CM
My Country

Artist:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Size:
76x101cm
Code:
ss1197165
Wildflower

Artist:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Size:
122x122cm
Code:
3040