Emily

Paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye from The Holmes à Court Collection

31 October - 19 January 2003

The remote aboriginal community of Utopia is situated about 3 hours drive from Alice Springs and it was here in 1988 that the batik project, Utopia - a picture story was completed. This was the first of several collective enterprises supported by CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association), and subsequently purchases by The Holmes à Court Collection.

It was from this collective process that Emily Kame Kngwarreye emerged as a major artist and her influence on the other members of her community, and on contemporary Aboriginal art was profound. The Holmes à Court Collection was committed to collecting the complete projects as a lasting record of community group activity, and also tracking the development of Emily as an individual artist.

This exhibition represents the Collection's comprehensive representation of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, from her first painting on canvas (1988-89) to the expressive, large scale canvases and bold 'Body Marking' paintings (1992-94) produced late in her career.