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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily's Country - 1994

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
212.0 x 148.0 cm
EST. $260,000 - $320,000

MP #715


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 12398
Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings

Artwork Size: 212 x 148 cm 

Frame Size: 215 x 151 cm

In this major work, created with a thick-textured fusion of purple, yellow, pink and blue paints, Emily Kngwarreye provides a panorama of the desert's food sources after rain with laser-like intensity. Often hidden from view, these seed, fruit, and root vegetables are enormously bountiful. The requirement to understand the life cycles of all bush foods is necessary for survival.


The dramatic transformation of the desert, from bare to abundant, is a display of its power. Linked into this is women's ceremonial life (awelye), based on the belief that these ceremonies help nurture the desert food sources and assure future fertile generations.


Emily Kame Kngwarreye is widely regarded as Australia's most important and successful Aboriginal artist. Her remarkable career lasted just 7 years until her passing at 86 in 1996. The painterly quality and originality of her works extended her influence far beyond the reach of Aboriginal art, attracting an international audience ready to acclaim her new and innovative style.