Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye was born around 1928 in Utopia, a community in the Eastern Desert about 230 km northeast of Alice Springs. He is one of the elders of the Anmatyerre language group and an important custodian of many important Dreamings. Kudditji is one of the first established male artists from Utopia.
Kudditji began painting his Emu Dreamings in a precise ‘dot painting’ style. Later he switched to the more abstract My Country style, consisting of coarse blocks with saturated colors in different tones. The My Country paintings can be seen as a representation of Kudditji’s birthplace, whose land and sky throughout changes of day and season are conveyed in shape and color. 
Kudditji’s more abstract My Country style is reminiscent of the later work of his famous kinswoman Emily Kame. It is not sure who first started painting in this style. Ever since Kudditji began to exhibit his abstract work in 2003, his star steadily rises in the international art world. Due to his deteriorating health, Kudditji was forced to stay and paint in one place (Alice Springs), in the last few years he hardly created new works.

Kudditji Kngwarreye passed away in January 2017.


2020 ORIGINS, Australian Aboriginal Art from the SmithDavidson Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2019  Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art, SmithDavidson Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016: Singing Up Country | Kudditji Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2016: Kudditji Kngwarreye - A master painter there is only one of him, Mandel Aboriginal Art Gallery, Melbourne
2014: Kudditji Kngwarreye, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2014: Earth + Sky, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2013: Kudditji: Landscapes in the Family Tradition, Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, Texas USA 2013: Colours of Dreaming | Kudditji Kngwarreye, Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane
2013: The Master Returns, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2011: Kudditji Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2011: COLOURFIELD: new paintings, Fireworks gallery, Brisbane
2010: Kudditji Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2010: Kudditji Kngwarreye, Palya Proper Fine Arts Alice Springs
2009: Kudditji Kngwarreye: Pastels, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2008: My Country, Kudditji Kngwarreye, Central Art Aboriginal Store, Alice Springs 2008: 30 Emu Dreamings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2008: My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2006: Masterwork, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2006: My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2006: Two Fields, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2005: Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Danks Street, Sydney
2005: New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2005: Colours in Country, Art Mob, Hobart, Tasmania
2004: My Country, New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne 2004: My Country, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2004: Waterhole Aboriginal Art, Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Exhibition, Sydney 2003: New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
1999: New Paintings, Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne


2018 'East meets West', SmithDavidson Gallery, Okt - Dec, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2018 EXPO Chicago, SmithDavidson Gallery, Chicago, USA

2016: Spoilt for Choice- a director's choice exhibition, Kate Gwen Gallery, Sydney
2015: Signs and Traces - Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Cultural Institute Zamek, Pozan, Poland
2015: From the Vaults - highlights from the Collectors' Gallery, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2014: Vast Interiors, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2012: The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye and Lorna Napurrula Fencer, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2013: Sky and Desert, Foundation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Switzerland
2010: Utopia: Eastern Anmatyerre Artists, Neo Gallery, Brisbane
2009: Aboriginal Art, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2009: Reves Aborignes, Musee Arts et Histoire de Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, France
2008: From the Air, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2008: Black & White: Inspired by Landscape, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2006: New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2005: Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2005: Fresh from the Central Desert, Canberra Grammar School, Canberra
2004: Two Senior Men, Art Mob Gallery, Tasmania
2004: Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago
2004: Heartbeat - Living Country, Wenthworth Hotel, Sydney
2004: Spirit of Colour, Depot Gallery, Sydney
2002: The Contemporaries, Contemporary Artspace, Brisbane
2000: Mia Mia, Aboriginal Art gallery, Melboure
1999: Chapel Off, Chapel gallery, 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 

Born in Utopia, Eastern Desert on November 30th, 1927

Died in *unknown* on January 23rd, 2017

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