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Date of Birth : c.1910
Country : Alhalkere (Utopia), NT
Language : Anmatyerre

Emily was one of the senior artists in the Utopian transition from batik print-making to the use of acrylic paint on canvas.


She was the adopted daughter of Jacob Jones, an influential lawman in the Alyawarre community. It wasn‘t until she was nine years old that she had her first encounter with white people.

As a young woman she worked as a stock-hand on the pastoral lands surrounding Utopia, making her something of an oddity, stockman’s work usually being considered Men‘s Business while other women of this time primarily helped with domestic chores, cooking, and medicines.

Emily was a prominent leader of Aboriginal women‘s ceremonial business at Utopia.

Her work received widespread recognition and acclaim from the moment she began painting – the strength, knowledge and independence of Emily‘s character are demonstrated through the free flowing, vivid and beautifully composed canvases that continue to grace gallery walls, exhibition spaces and private collections around the world.



National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra

ATSIC Collection, Canberra

The Araluen Centre of Arts and Entertainment, Alice Springs, NT

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Artbank, Sydney

Museum of Victoria, Melbourne

Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Sydney

Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria

University of New South Wales, Sydney

University of Sydney Union, Sydney

University of Wollongong Art Museum, NSW

University of New England, NSW

Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

Allen, Allen & Hemsley, Sydney

BP Australia

Transfield Collection, Sydney

The Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury

Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand

The Kasumi Co. Collection, Japan

Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA

K.L.M. Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam, Holland

Chartwell Collection, New Zealand

Donald Kahn Collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA

The Vatican Collection, Rome, Italy

Numerous significant private collections in Australia and overseas



1990 First solo exhibition, Utopia Art Sydney

1990-97 Utopia Art Sydney

1990 Coventry Gallery, Sydney

1990-93 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

1991, 93, 95 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

1991 Eastern Desert Art, Brisbane

1994 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London

1994, 96, 97: Chapman Gallery, Canberra

1995, 96: William Mora Galleries, Melbourne

1995, 97: DACOU Aboriginal Gallery, Adelaide

1995 Parliament House, Canberra

1996 Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

1996 Framed Gallery, Darwin

1996 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

1997 Robert Steele Gallery, New York

1998-99 Major survey exhibition ‘Emily Kame Kngwarreye “Alhalkere” Paintings from Utopia’, Queensland Art Gallery; The Art Gallery of NSW; National Gallery of Victoria



1987 Utopia Women’s Batik Group, in Australia and abroad

1988 ‘Contemporary Aboriginal Art’, Utopia Art Sydney

1988 ‘A hanging Relationship’, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1989 ‘Art from Utopia’, Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA

1989 ‘Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1989 ‘Aboriginal Art from Utopia’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

1990 ‘Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection’, travelling to Boston, USA; Minneapolis, USA; Oregon, USA; Missouri, USA; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

1991 ‘Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition’, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

1991 ‘Through Women’s Eyes’, ATSIC travelling exhibition

1993-94 ‘Flash Pictures: by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists’, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

1993-94 traveling to numerous state and regional galleries in NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania

1994 ‘Power of the Land: Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1995 ‘Place and Perception: New Acquisitions, Parliament House Art Collection’, Parliament House, Canberra

1996 ‘Dots’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1996 ‘Spirit and Place’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1996: Eye of the Storm: Eight Contemporary Indigenous Australian Artists’, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

1997 ‘Fluent’ Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Judy Watson’, Venice Biennale, Italy

Artwork :

Wild Fruits


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