Country: Utopia, NT
Paintings by this eighty seven year old legend are hot property. Like his half-sister Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Kudditji, seems set to take his place as one of Australia's foremost indigenous artists.Born around 1925, Kudditji Kngwarreye is the half-brother of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. He had a traditional bush upbringing and worked as a stockman and mine worker for many years. He is also a traditional custodian of many important Dreaming’s, of the land and Men's Business ceremonial sites located in his country at Utopia Station, about 230 km north east of Alice Springs. During his younger days Kudditji frequently took the young boys/men hunting emu in these lands, merging tradition with practice as part of their initiation as men. It is the land of this experience that he now paints his 'My Country' works. Kudditji has participated in many international exhibitions and is known for depictions of his Dreaming’s, particularly those related to the law of the Emu ancestors. When he began painting around 1986, he was encouraged to paint in the fashionable style of the time, executing works with detailed infill. Some years later he came to find his current style of abstract imagery, bold colour use and intuitive interplay with space and form. Initially this style was not welcomed by galleries and for a time he returned to his (then) more successful traditional style of work. Kudditji paints in an abstract and continues to follow his unique approach today.