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Abie Loy Kemarre / Awelye – Body Paint (BCS100)

SKU: BCS100

95cm x 90cm Acrylic on Linen, 2007

$3,200.00

95cm x 90cm Acrylic on Linen, 2007

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Artist Profile

Abie Loy Kemarre was born in 1972 at Utopia Station, 275 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs in the Northern territory of Central Australia. She belongs to the Anmatyerr clan group and speaks Eastern Anmatyerr with English as a second language.

Abie lives at Mosquito Bore near Utopia Station with her husband Terry Rumble and her family group comprising her mother Margaret Loy, her brothers and sisters and her grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre. Currently, Abie divides her time between Adelaide, South Australia, Mosquito Bore and Lake Nash.

Abie began painting in 1994 under the tutelage of her famous grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre. She has custodial rights of the Bush Hen Dreaming which she depicts as well as her associated Country, sandhills and body painting series of works.

Through her powerful and beautiful paintings, Abie Loy Kemarre is able to convey to the viewer the sensitivity and strength she derives from her Dreaming and her country.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2006
•    Abie Loy Kemarre, Bush Leaf & Other Dreamings, Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, WA

2005
•    Abie Loy Kemarre, New Paintings, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
•    Abie Loy Kemarre, Solo Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2004
•    Abie Loy Kemarre, Solo Exhibition, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
•    Abie Loy Kemarre, Solo Exhibition, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2003
•    Abie Loy Kemarre, Solo Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

Selected Collections
•    The Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australia
•    Festival of Arts Foundation Collection, Adelaide, South Australia
•    The Adelaide University Art Collection, South Australia
•    The Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle, USA
•    The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
•    The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission Collection
•    The National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria
•    Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, Western Australia

Artwork Description

This painting by Abie shows ‘Awelye’ (body paint) which relates to women’s ceremony.

When preparing for ceremony the Anmatyerre women would apply iconography to their upper body using their fingertips and small, sharpened twigs singing as each woman takes their turn to be ‘painted up’. Paint was created using coloured ochres mixed with animal fats. The colour black was obtained either from charcoal or over-ripe bush plums. There are strict rules regarding which specific designs could be applied.

Their songs relate to the dreaming stories of ancestral travel and other totemic plants, animals and natural forces. Awelye – women’s ceremony, demonstrates respect for the land. In performing these ceremonies they ensure well-being and happiness within their communities.

Abie Loy Kemarre / Awelye - Body Paint (BCS100)
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