Kudditji Kngwarreye  (Aborigine, born circa 1928) 

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Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country 56

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country 56
2006

Whitford Fine Art
Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country 21

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country 21
2009

Whitford Fine Art
Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country 29

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country 29
2009

Whitford Fine Art
Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country 48

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country 48
2009

Whitford Fine Art
Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country 33

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country 33
2009

Whitford Fine Art
Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country
Gallery Sam
Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country
2007

Gallery Sam
Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country 01

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country 01
Whitford Fine Art
 
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Kudditji Kngwarreye, Mon pays/My country

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
Mon pays/My country, 2002
acrylic on canvas

 

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Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country
acrylic on canvas

 

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Kudditji Kngwarreye, My Country

 

Kudditji Kngwarreye
My Country
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  Like his famous older sister, the late great Emily Kngwarreye, Kudditji Kngwarreye (pronounced goo-beh-chee) has a deserved reputation as an innovator yet at the same time being a well respected artist.
  Born around 1928, Kudditji Kngwarreye had a traditional bush upbringing in the Utopia region before starting a long career as a stockman and mine worker. As an Anmatyerre elder and custodian of many important Dreamings, Kudditji was originally inspired by the work coming out of Papunya to paint his own Dreamings, telling of the travels and law of the Emu ancestors. Starting in 1986, his Emu Dreaming paintings, which reflected his traditional upbringing and utilised the very fine dots and symbols, became sought after by major galleries in Australia.
  Then, intrigued by the possibilities of acrylic paint and the kaleidoscope of colours now available to him, Kudditji began to experiment with the synthetic polymer paint to eradicate the pointillist style altogether and to use a heavily loaded paint brush to sweep broadly across the canvas in stages, similar to the western landscape plane. These paintings were romantic images of his country, accentuating the colour and form of the landscape including the depth of the sky in the wet season and in the reds and oranges of the shimmering summer heat.
  These ground-breaking paintings expressed Kudditji’s extensive knowledge and love of his country in a way never seen previously. Some commentators have seen a strong similarity with his sister Emily's work - but it is not clear who was the first to set out on this path. The demand for his earlier, detailed style, however, moved Kudditji to return to it, and it was only in 2003 at the age of 74 that he began to exhibit the extraordinary, saturated colour paintings that have seen his reputation grow nationally and internationally. His two dimensional spatial constructions innocently refer to Rothko and modernists of the twentieth century. The paintings are documents of an intuitive interplay between artist and creating a spacial tension within the canvas. Kudditji has explored size of canvas as well as form in these intense, beautiful works. A sense of immense space can be felt in the paintings, where massive blocks of stippled colour are laid alongside each other, sometimes using only two colours, while in other paintings a quilt of juxtaposed colours can produce a moody atmospheric landscape effect.
2010   Kudditji Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney (solo)
2010   Utopia: Eastern Anmatyerre Artists, Neo Gallery, Brisbane
2010   Arnkerrthe - A Tribute to Nancy Petyarre, Astras Gallery, Gold Coast
2010   Summer Collection, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2009   Kudditji Kngwarreye, Burrinja Gallery, Upwey, Melbourne; Kudditji Kngwarreye - Recent Works, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle (solo)
2009   Aboriginal Art, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2009   Summer Collection, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009   Pink 2009, Art Mob Aboriginal Fine Art, Hobart, Tasmania
2009   Utopia 09, Neo Gallery, Brisbane
2009   Size Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009   Kudditji Kngwarreye - Pastels new works, new palette, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009   Rêves Aborigènes, Musée Arts et Histoire de Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, France
2008   Black & White: Inspired By Landscape, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2008   Central Australian Aboriginal Art - The Ultimate Collection, Alice Sundown Aboriginal Art, Alice Springs
2008   Utopia, Art Equity, Sydney
2008   30 Emu Dreamings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney; My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth (solo)
2007   Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
2006   Artist of Utopia Then & Now, Outback Alive, Canberra
2006   Togart Contemporary Art Exhibition, Darwin
2006   Masterwork, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2006   New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne; My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth (solo)
2005   Colours in Country, Art Mob, Hobart, Tasmania; New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne; Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Danks Street, Sydney (solo)
2005   Fresh from the Central Desert, Outback Alive, Canberra Grammar School, Canberra
2005   Ken Field Memorial Art Exhibition, Scotch College, Melbourne
2005   Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2005   Colours in Country, Art Mob Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2004   Two Senior Men, Art Mob Gallery, Tasmania
2004   Heartbeat - Living Country, Wentworth Hotel, Sydney
2004   My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth; Kudditji Kngwarreye: My Country - New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne; Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Sofitel Wentworth Exhibition, Sydney (solo)
2004   Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago
2004   Spirit of Colour, Depot Gallery, Sydney
2003   New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne (solo)
2002   The Contemporaries, Contemporary Artspace, Brisbane
1999   Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
1992   Tjukurrpa, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Basel, Switzerland
1991   Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1990   Art Dock, Contemporary Art from Australia, Noumea, New Caledonia
  Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  Guilleman and Sordello Collection, France
  Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
  Macquarie University, Sydney