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Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre Born: 1972, at Utopia station approximately 250km north-east of Alice Springs.
Language Group: AnmatyerreAbie Loy Kemarre was born in 1972 at Utopia station approximately 250km north-east of Alice Springs. Abie lives at Mosquito Bore with her family. Her grandmother is the acclaimed Kathleen Petyarre. Abie speaks Eastern Anmatyerre. Abie Loy has been painting since 1994 under the guidance of her grandmother, Kathleen. Abie paints the Bush Hen Dreaming which she inherited from her grandmother. Her work is representational of the Bush Hen travelling through the country looking for bush seeds that are scattered over the land as is illustrated by the fine dotting. She also depicts body paint designs used in traditional women’s sacred ceremonies. The body paint used consists of natural ochres that are applied with the fingers by the women. These ceremonies are performed with song and dance cycles telling stories of the Bush Hen Dreaming. This Bush Hen Travels through the country looking for bush plums and bush tomatoes that bear a yellow fruit called Arkitjira. Bush plums are also found in this area and are eaten by both the people of this area and the Bush Hen.Abie Loy Kemarre’s unique style of art has brought her critical acclaim and she now stands at the cutting edge of the Australian contemporary art movement. Abie’s works are held in major collections all over the world and she has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally.AWARDS:
2001 finalist in 18th Telstra NATSIAA
1997 finalist in 14th Telstra NATSIAASolo Exhibitions (selection)
2004 Abie Loy Kemarre, Solo Exhibition, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA July-August
2003 Abie Loy Kemarre, first solo Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, September-OctoberGroup Exhibitions (selection)
2004 – Arrnkerthe, New Paintings, Coo-ee Gallery, NSW, November
2003 – Abie Loy Kemarre, Recent paintings, Fire-works Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, June-July
2002 – Abie Loy & Violet Patyarre, Recent Paintings Mary place Gallery, Paddington, NSW, November
2001 – 15th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition, Darwin, NT August
2000 – The Collection, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA, March-April
– Utopia, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT, March

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