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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

My Country - 1995

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
152.5 x 122.0 cm
Price Realised: $97,600.00

MP #714


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 5554
Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings

By 1992 Emily's fine dotting and symbolic underpainting gave way to works in which symbols and tracks were increasingly concealed beneath a sea of dots until eventually they were no longer evident at all. She began using larger brushes to create lines of dots that ran across vibrantly coloured, haptic surfaces. These works became progressively visually abstracted and ethereal.


By the time this painting was created in 1995 Emily had developed a style employing larger and larger brushes. With prodigious energy she now created wildly colourful canvases by double dipping brushes into pots of layered paint thereby creating floral impressions with alternately coloured variegated outlines. Despite her age (85 at this time), Emily’s physicality was evident as she painted. Often with a brush in each hand as she simultaneously pounded them down onto the canvas spreading the bristles and leaving the coagulating paint around the neck of the brush to create depth and form.