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KUDDTJI KNGWARREYE

Date of Birth : c.1928
Country : Utopia, NT
Language : Eastern Anmatyerre

Kuddtji is a highly acclaimed and important Aboriginal artist. His connections to traditional ways are evident not only through his powerful sense of awareness, but through his spiritual connections with his paintings. The songs relating to the story he is portraying are sung as he recounts the journeys of his ancestors.

Known for his intricate portrayals of the Emu Dreaming, Kudditji has developed several abstract depictions of this story. With a strong sense of colour much like his famous sister Emily Kame Kngwarreye he overlays paint that produces depth and design. His paintings have an incredible energy, vibrancy and appeal.

Kuddtji is collected both in Australia and internationally. Kudditji (pronounced goo-beh-chee and called Goob), is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary indigenous artists.

Born around 1925, Kudditji Kngwarreye is the younger brother of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. He had a traditional bush upbringing and worked as a stockman and mine worker for many years. He is a senior law-man and the custodian of many Men’s Business ceremonial sites. Part of his senior law-man responsibility was to teach the young boys how to hunt as part of their initiation to becoming men.

Kudditji depicts his Dreamings, particularly Emu Dreaming, with big bold brush strokes in an abstract form with a colourful palette. When he started painting around 1986 his works were more detailed and he fitted in with the fashion of the times, but later evolved into the contemporary and abstract artist that he is known for today.

2006 Kuddtji was named as one of the top 50 most collectible artists in Australia by Art Collector magazine.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2011 Kudditji Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2010 Kudditji Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2009 Kudditji Kngwarreye: Pastels, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2008 Emu Dreamings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2008 From the Air, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2008 My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2008 Black & White: Inspired by Landscape, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2006 Masterwork, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2006 My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2006 New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2005 Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Danks Street, Sydney

2005 New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2005 Colours in Country, Art Mob, Hobart, Tasmania

2005 Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs.

2005 Fresh from the Central Desert, Canberra Grammar School, Canberra

2004 My Country, New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2004 My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2004 Two Senior Men, Art Mob, Hobart, Tasmania

2004 Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago

2004 Heartbeat – Living Country, Wentworth Hotel Sydney

2004 Spirit of Colour, Depot Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2004 Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Exhibition, Sydney

2003 New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2000 Mia Mia Aboriginal Gallery, Templestowe, Melbourne

1999 New Paintings, Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne

1992 Tjukurrpa, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Basel, Switzerland

1991 Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

1990 Art Dock, Contemporary Art from Australia, Noumea, New Caledonia

 

MAJOR COLLECTIONS

Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne

Macquarie University, NSW

R. M. Barokh Antiques, Los Angeles, California

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