Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Language: Eastern Anmatyerre
Born in 1910, Kngwarreye did not take up painting seriously until she was nearly 80. She lived in Utopia, about 250 km north east of Alice Springs. Emily had one brother and one sister, and no children of her own. Her brother's children are Gloria Pitjana Mills and Dolly Pitjana Mills. Emily Emily originally worked as a stockrider in Utopia and other Stations. Emily Kame Kngwarreye was a senior custodian for Alhalkere country In the 1970 and 80’s she worked on batik and in the late 1980’s she started painting on canvas. Emily created her own style of dots as seen in this painting Wild Potato Dreaming. Emily painted 3000 paintings in eight years. The last being the “The Last Series” a series of 24 small paintings painted over three days. Emily is one of the most prominient and successful artists in the history of contemporary Indigenous Australia Art.
Artwork by Emily Kame Kngwarreye
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