Country: Utopia, NT
Paintings by the late legend are hot property, Kudditji sadly passed away in 2017. Like his half-sister Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Kudditji has rightfully taken 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 was also a traditional custodian of many important Dreaming’s of the land, Men's Business and 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 these experiences that he painted his 'Emu Dreaming’s' and 'My Country' works.
Kudditji 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 preferred 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. However, the artist's voice was not to be denied for long, and he later resumed his exploration into the abstract and continued to follow his unique approach with success. This painting was painted in our Studio in Alice Springs where he was always welcome and sometimes sang while painting.