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Abie Loy Kemerre

Sand Hill Country - 2013

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
152.0 x 107.0 cm
Price Realised: $4,880.00

MP #774


Gallerie Australis, SA Cat. No. GAAL02131651
Private Collection, NSW

accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Gallerie Australis


Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, 2013
Exposition Arts D'Australie - a la Barclays Banque Privee, Avenue, George V, Paris, 10th December - 17th February 2014

Abie Loy was born on Utopia station, about 270 km north-east of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. 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.

In this painting, Abie depicts the part of the songline that leads to the ceremonial women's site associated with the green pea (antweth) plant life found in her ancestral sandhill country.

This work is representational of the Bush Hen, travelling through the country looking for bush seeds that are scattered over the land, as well bush tomatoes that bear a yellow fruit called Arkitjira. Bush plums are also found in this area. The Bush Hen Dreaming songline ends at Mosquito Bore.