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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Untitled - 1993

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
120.0 x 90.0 cm
Price Realised: $67,100.00

MP #712


Provenance

Delmore Gallery, NT Cat. No. 93K036
Barry Stern Gallery, NSW c.1996
Private Collection, NSW
Private Collection, NSW
Ebes Collection, Vic

Toward the end of 1991, women’s Awelye ceremonies were being held in Utopia and the surrounding region. Emily’s work became more expressionistic, with the graphic under-layer of linear tracings and animal prints no longer evident. A number of exceptional paintings, including this particular work, were produced between November 1991 and February 1992. December was overwhelmingly humid with hot northerly winds. The anticipation of rain and the ongoing ceremonial activity enlivened the spiritual atmosphere. In this painting, which can be viewed horizontally or vertically, radiant fields of yellow and pink dots cluster and trace across the surface vary in hue and density. They celebrate the successful life cycle of kame, the finger yam, with its daisy-like flowers which form seeds for making damper.

If any single artist could be said to be the standard bearer for contemporary Indigenous painting, Emily must surely be the one. It is impossible to dispute the fact that, at their best, the paintings of Emily Kame Kngwarreye place her in the highest league of international artists of her time.