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Abie Loy Kemerre

Body Painting - 2010

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
120.0 x 192.0 cm
Price Realised: $6,710.00

MP #421


Gallerie Australis, SA Cat No. GAAL05101579
Private Collection, SA


accompanied by a Gallerie Australis certificate of authenticity

Abie Loy was born on Utopia station, about 270km north east of Alice Springs in the Northern Terrirtory. Her mother Margaret Loy Pula won the Wynne Prize for landscape painting at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2012, her aunt is the celebrated artist, Gloria Petyarre and her Grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre, won the National Aboriginal Art Award in 2002.


An innovative mid-career artist, Abie was mentored by her grandmother Kathleen Petyarre from the time she began painting at 19. Over the years, Abie further developed her skills as an artist to become an extraordinarily talented designer, experimenting with line, colour and form.

The linear designs in Abie's painting represent awelye (women's ceremony and body paint designs) for the Ahakeye (Bush Plum). These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. The women sing the songs associated with their awelye as each women takes her turn to be 'painted-up'.

Women perform awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.