Artist Profile

Artist : Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Born : c 1910
Language : Anmatyerre

Born at Alhalkere in 1910. Emily Kame Kngwarreye was raised on the land in the traditional ways and spoke Anmatyerre. Her first contact with Europeans was in 1919.


She took up painting in her seventies whilst working with the Utopia Women's Batik Group. Emily's first solo exhibition of paintings on canvas was in 1990 at Coventry Gallery, Sydney.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye's pure talent with colour received immediate recognition from art critics and collectors, setting the stage for the phenomenal demand that Emily's paintings now command.

In 1992 she was awarded the Australian Artists Creative Fellowship by the Australian Federal Government. By the mid 1990's large collections of paintings by Emily Kngwarreye were acquired for permanent display in public galleries


The form that these take in her paintings are lively and moving. Colours merge and change form to communicate a strong cosmological message. She has gone from particular subjects to show abstraction of her complete world moving her beyond her cultural roots.