Kudditji Kngwarreye Biography

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Kudditji Kngwarreye was the younger brother of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Like many men of his generation, he lived a traditional bush life as a child. Later, he worked as a stockman and miner and was a greatly respected elder of the Anmatyerre people.

Born in 1928 to the Anmatyerre tribe, he did not begin painting until 1986, when he was encouraged to paint in the common pointillist style associated with the Utopia region, executing works with detailed dots and infill. In the mid 1990s, his style radically departed when he began to use a heavily loaded brush and a bright palette, sweeping broadly across the canvas with progressive blocks of stippled colour, sectioned alongside each other. These windows of saturated colour created within his instinctive compositions, are both innovative and exciting.

His works are held in major international and national private and corporate collections. In 2006, Kudditji was nominated for Art Collector Magazine’s 50 Most Collectable Artists.

Kudditji was well known for his wonderful sense of humour and he enjoyed life to the full. It is with great sadness we advise of his passing on 23 January, 2017. He leaves a great legacy in his art.

COLLECTIONS

Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
Macquarie University, NSW
R. M. Barokh Antiques, Los Angeles, California
Guilleman and Sordello Collection, France

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014  Earth + Sky, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2011  Kudditji Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2010  Kudditji Kngwarreye, Palya Proper Fine Arts, Alice Springs
2008  30 Emu Dreamings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2008  My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2006  Masterwork, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2006  My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2006  Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
2005  Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Danks Street, Sydney
2005  New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2005  Colours in Country, Art Mob, Hobart, Tasmania
2004  My Country, New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2004  My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2004  Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Exhibition, Sydney
2003  New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
1999  New Paintings, Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne
1992  Tjukurrpa, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Basel, Switzerland
1991  Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008  Black & White: Inspired by Landscape, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2005  Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2005  Fresh from the Central Desert, Canberra Grammar School, Canberra
2004  Two Senior Men, Art Mob Gallery, Tasmania
2004  Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago
2004  Spirit of Colour, Depot Gallery, Sydney
2002  The Contemporaries, Contemporary Artspace, Brisbane
1992  Tjukurrpa, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Basel, Switzerland
1991  Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1990  Art Dock, Contemporary Art from Australia, Noumea, New Caledonia