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.
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
Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
Macquarie University, NSW
R. M. Barokh Antiques, Los Angeles, California