Abie Loy Kemarre Biography

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Abie Loy Kemarre is an exciting and dynamic young artist who dramatically entered the art world with her early success in Europe and the USA.

Born in 1972, Abie is an Eastern Anmatyerre speaker from Mosquito bore country, Utopia, Northern Territory. She is the eldest of five children raised by their mother, Margaret Loy, who is a also painter of note, and her father, Ray Loy Pwerle at Mosquito bore on Utopia. Once a cattle station, Utopia is now a relatively successful example of the outstation movement, where related groups of people choose to live in harmony in villages or outstations. There are fourteen of these and each may have between 50 and 150 people housed there. The outstations are serviced by a central community-owned store, a hospital, a police station and various administrative staff.

Abie grew up in a family of artists. From when she was five to seventeen years old, her mother, Margaret, and her grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre, were often busy producing batik and the township was regularly festooned with wildly coloured silk blowing in the wind. When Kathleen Petyarre and her sisters Gloria, Violet and Ada Bird Petyarre began painting on linen at nearby Delmore Gallery in April 1989, Abie was there, avidly learning the stories and watching her family members begin to produce the works of art that would soon make them famous. Emily Kngwarreye was there, she had been married to Kathleen and Gloria's uncle - she was the first to put Utopia on the map with her name becoming synonymous with contemporary aboriginal art throughout Australia. Within ten years most people in the art world in Australia also knew of the Petyarre sisters and many people were looking for a "Gloria" or a "Kathleen" to hang with their "Emily”.

Abie was as keen as mustard to try her hand at painting, but it was not until 1994 at the age of 22 that she asked for her first canvas from the Holt family at Delmore Gallery. Don Holt immediately realised that she had a special talent and decided to collect her work in depth.

The Holts sent Abie’s work to selected galleries in Europe and the USA and took them to show certain dealers in Melbourne and Sydney. She was selected as a finalist in the Telstra Art awards in 1997 and again in 2001. Abie’s work was collected by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of South Australia and The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth. In the USA, she was collected by The Kelton Foundation, The Levi-Kaplan Foundation and the Seattle Art Museum. In Europe, she was collected by The Musee de Confluences, Lyon, France and the Foundation Colas Paris, France, and in Japan by The Ishibashi Foundation, Bridgestone Museum, Tokyo.

Both Abie and her grandmother, Kathleen, painted almost exclusively for Delmore until 1999 when they both began to spend more time interstate. Between many interstate trips they both continued to visit Delmore to paint when ever they returned to Utopia. Abie now travels between Mosqutio bore, Adelaide bore and Lake Nash (Alpurrurulam).

Abie is one of the most successful of the younger, mid career artists at Utopia and Delmore Gallery is proud to present a collection of the early Abie Loy Kemarre art for sale.

 

COLLECTIONS

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA
Musee de Confluences, Lyon, France
Foundation Colas, Paris, France
The Ishibashi Foundation, Bridgestone Museum, Tokyo, Japan
The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Festival of Arts Foundation Collection, Adelaide
The Adelaide University Art Collection, Adelaide
The Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle, USA
The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission Collection
The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2006  Bush Leaf & Other Dreaming's, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
2005  New Paintings, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
2005  Solo Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2004  Solo Exhibition, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
2004  Solo Exhibition, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
2003  First Solo Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015  Parcours des Mondes, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2015  Art Elysées, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2015  Territoires, Galerie Lionelle Courbet/ Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2015  Au cœur de l’art aborigène australien, Société Générale Private Banking/ Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Monaco
2015  Art Paris Art Fair, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2015  VIBRATIONS : au cœur de l’art aborigène, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob / ACABAS, Paris, France
2014  Art Elysées, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2014  Parcours des Mondes, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2014  Les Flâneries d'Art Contemporain en jardin aixois, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Aix-en-Provence, France
2014  Art d’Australie, Arts d'Australie • Stéphane Jacob / Barclays, Paris, France
2013  Art Elysées, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2013  Parcours des Mondes, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2013  Arts d’Australie, Galerie 49/ Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Saumur, France
2013  Art Paris Art Fair, Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2012  J.I.M.A.B.E., Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Cape Town
2012  Art Paris Art Fair, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2012  Parcours des Mondes, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2012  Art Elysées, Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2012  Art Gent, Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Gent, Belgium
2012  Ancestral Modern Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
2011  Parcours des Mondes, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2011  Pavillon des Arts et du Design, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2011  Art Elysées, Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France
2011  Galerie AROA & Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Neuilly sur Seine, France
2011  Art Contemporain, galerie Clarus & Arts d’Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Ligny le Ribault, France
2010  Tradition to Modernity, Tasmania, Central Art
2008  Utopia Modern Women's Collection 1999 - 2002, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
2008   Light & Space, The Chicho Museum, Naoshima, Japan
2008  Jewels of the Desert, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2007  Parcours des Mondes, Galerie Anne & Just Jaeckin, Arts d'Australie Stephane Jacob, Paris, France
2007  The Best of the Best, Jewels of the Desert, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2007  Treasures of the Spirit, Creative Returns: Investing in Aboriginal Art, Tandanya, Adelaide
2007  Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition, University of NSW, Sydney
2007  Aboriginal Art, 2007, Scott Livesy Galleries, Armadale
2007  Utopia & Beyond 2007, Aboriginal art from East to West, Coo-ee Gallery, Avalon Recreation Centre, Avalon, NSW
2006  Prism, Contemporary Australian Art, Bridgestone Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2006  Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA
2006  Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire,
2006  Recent Painting, Kathleen Petyarre & Abie Loy, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2006  Abie Loy & Kathleen Petyarre, New Paintings, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney
2005  Aboriginal Vision in Contemporary Australian Art, Levi - Kaplan Collection, The Wright Exhibition Centre, Seattle, WA, USA
2005  Utopia & Beyond, Maunsell Wicks, Sydney
2005  Dreamings, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
2004  Arrnkerthe, New Paintings, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
2003  Abie Loy - Recent Paintings, Fire-works Gallery, Brisbane
2002  Abie Loy & Violet Petyarre, Recent Paintings, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2001  15th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition, Darwin
2000  The Collection, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA Utopia, Framed Gallery, Darwin
1999  North by North East, Landscape & Ceremonial paintings from Utopia, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
1999  SALA Week, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide
1999  Joint Indonesian - Utopia Batik Workshop for Third Pacific Arts
1999  Utopia Recent Works, King Street Gallery, Perth, WA 1998 Our Country Then and Now, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide
1999  Raiki Wara: Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1998  15th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition, Darwin, NT, Australia
1998  Utopia Dreamings, Japingka Gallery, Perth
1997  Schilderijen uit Utopia, Songlines Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997  Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali
1997  Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
1997  Ardiyanto, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
1997  Documenta, Kasel, Germany
1997  14th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Touring Art Exhibition
1997  The Alice Prize Art Exhibition, Alice Springs

 

ARTFAIRS

2006  Melbourne Art Fair, 3- 6th August Melbourne
2004  Melbourne Art Fair, 29 Sept - 3 Oct, Melbourne
2003  Art Miami 2003, January 10 - 14, Miami, Florida, USA
2003  ARCO Art Fair Madrid, February 13 - 17th, Madrid, Spain
2003  Aboriginal Art Fair, Sydney

 

AWARDS

2001  Finalist in 18th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)
1997  Finalist in 14th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)