Abie Loy Kemarre
February 1972 - present
Photograph of Abie Loy Kemarre, courtesy of Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, Australia
Place of Birth:
1994 - present
Abie Loy Kemarre began painting in 1994 under the formidable guidance of her famous skin group grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre who imparted the methodology for creating the depth-of-field of tiny shimmering dots in her highly delicate, Bush Hen Dreaming paintings.
Over time, Kemarre’s paintings further evolved through her skill as a talented colorist. In 2001 and 2002, Kemarre introduced a bolder, more abstract style in her Sandhills and Body painting series. These newly evolved paintings are representational of her inherited Dreaming stories, however, these powerful images could be stylistically interpreted as abstract, expressionist and even post-modern.
Kemarre’s unique signature style of painting has brought her critical acclaim that postures her at the leading edge of the Australian contemporary art movement.
Biography courtesy of Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, Australia
Place(s) of Residence:
Private lessons, Mosquito Bore, Utopia Station, Australia (1994-present)
Related Visual Artists:
skin group granddaughter and student of Kathleen Petyarre
skin group great-grandaughter of Emily Kame Kngwarreye
skin group great-niece of Gloria Tamerre Petyarre
skin group great-niece of Ada Bird Petyarre
skin group great-niece of Violet Petyarre
skin group great-niece of Myrtle Petyarre
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Special Runner-Up, Adelaide Critics Circle Awards, Adelaide Critics Circle, Adelaide, Australia (2003)
Finalist, Eighteenth Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Musem and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia (2001)
Finalist, Fourteenth Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia (1997)
Dreampower; Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, Galeri Ardiyanto, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (1997)
Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters