87 year old Kudditji Kngwarreye is a hot artist right now, both in Australia and internationally. Like his half sister Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Kuttidji has made his mark as one of Australia’s foremost indigenous artists.
Kudditji Kngwarreye is the half brother of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye one of Australia’s best known and most collectible artists.
Kudditji had a traditional bush upbringing and worked for many years as a stockman and mine worker. When he began painting around 1986, he used a traditional dot style but some years later found his own voice and began painting with abstract imagery and bold colour.
While his compositions could be seen to resemble that of post war American painter, Mark Rothko, Kudditji clearly has a unique Australian style and many experts in the Australian art world believe his work will appreciate significantly in the years ahead.
Not surprisingly I jumped at the chance to meet the old master while visiting Alice Springs for the Desert Mob exhibition. It was an honour to chat with him and of course it made me even more determined to buy one of his stunning paintings for our own collection of Aboriginal works.
I have been on a mission for the perfect piece for a while and in the course of viewing one that had been set aside for me, I found several pieces for the gallery as well. It is not stretched yet – but here’s a sneak peak at it none-the less.
So now when I look at this wonderful painting, I not only enjoy it, I feel that little bit more connected to the charming and gentle man who was its creator.
Take a look at other works by Kudditje currently on sale in the gallery by clicking here. More are on the way!
In early September I went to Alice Springs for the annual Desert Mob exhibition and symposium. It has evolved into one of Australia’s major arts events, and is a vehicle through which visitors can gain a unique insight into the lives and cultures of Aboriginal artists living in the outback country of Central Australia.
I go each year to see the new paintings, catch up with friends from the Art Centres and search for great new artwork. The atmosphere is relaxed and it is especially rewarding to see many Aboriginal artists from remote communities showing off their work and having fun.
All the community Art Centres choose the best works for display in the Exhibition. It is a very popular event so you have to get there early for a chance to secure any of the top works. I joined the queue more than an hour ahead of opening time and spotted many well known figures from the Aboriginal art world in line.
They obviously also determined to get the great works! I was really interested in the art of the communities of the APY lands and made a mad dash to secure one of these. Definitely not lady like – but I got it, and I’ll share more about my selection in a later post
Desert Mob Market Place takes place on the day after the exhibition and it is a wonderful opportunity to see the works of all the Community Art Centres from Central Australia in a casual, but somewhat frenetic environment.
I loved the work from artists of Ernabella, Iwantja , Tjala, Ninuku and Mimili Maku from the APY lands. Their paintings are highly detailed, vibrant and beautifully executed. I couldn’t resist and collected enough for our own exhibition – you can see it online now.