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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Earth's Creation I - 1994

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen
632.0 x 275.0 cm
Estimate Upon Request

#15880


Provenance

Created during workshop at Arlpara, Utopia on Eastern Anmatjerre clan lands organised by Dacou Gallery 1994

 

Private Collection, South Australia

Lawson~Menzies, Aboriginal Fine Art sale, May 2007

Mbantua Gallery and Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT

A folio of 9 images of Emily Paintings Earth’s Creation I accompanies the work. In addition, a lengthy video of the artist at work on this major commission can be acquired by application to the artist’s family.

Exhibited

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Alhalkere, Paintings from Utopia

 

Queensland Art Gallery, February – April 1998

Art Gallery of New South Wales, May - July 1998

National Gallery of Victoria, September - November 1998

Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye

National Museum of Osaka, February – April 2008

National Art Centre, Tokyo, May – July 2008

National Museum of Australia, August – October 2008

Northern Territory Parliament House, Darwin, December 2008 – February 2009

All the World’s Futures,

Earth’s Creation is an awe-inspiring artistic tour de force: a masterpiece on a grand scale: a magical medley of the ‘whole lot’, as Emily described it; stories of the earth, her land, the vegetation, the ceremonies, the seasons, and her people.

 

Like no other single work, it showcases Emily’s artistic verve, and demonstrates her bold self-assuredness, total lack of self-consciousness and complete certainty when approaching a work on this monumental scale. In its creative spontaneity, genius of colour, evocative power and stylistic realisation, it can be compared in turn to the works by international masters Pollock, Kandinsky, Matisse, de Kooning and Monet.

It was created while sitting on the canvas, moving around as she painted continuously, until the entire surface was completed. From every part of the work. the sublime orchestration engages the eye with dazzling energy and flowing movement. Rainbow -like, the vibrant greens, aquamarine blues, duck egg yellows and vermillion reds simultaneously glow and pulsate. These are offset by flows of white, that illuminate from behind creating a mystical, ethereal feel.

As with the very finest of her paintings, it is entirely intuitive, painted during a single session in which she never stepped back to look. When completed she simply walked away, such was her assuredness about its content and meaning. Few artists have painted the country as she has, with an ability to penetrate its very soul.