Kudditji Kngwarreye (c. 1928 - 2017) had a traditional bush upbringing in the Utopia region. He began painting in the early 1980’s. Prior to an artistic career he had numerous jobs throughout the Central Desert as a stockman, and also worked in mineral and gold mines. He has painted for over twenty five years, and his paintings represent his traditional country around Boundary Bore, the country for which he was a custodian.
His distinctive symmetrical dotted paintings have been collected by museums and collections around the world. His works depicted various interpretations of “Emu Dreaming” and “Men’s Business”.
In the early 1990’s Kudditji experimentation with his art led him to move briefly away from ‘dot art’ altogether. With a heavy loaded brush he painted his country with broad strokes and a combination of bold colours and soft fusions, accentuating the natural colours of land and sky over various seasons. This style was appreciated by an astute few but was not that well received by the major galleries. As his major source of income he returned to the more popular pointillist style. It was not until 2002 that Kudditji revisited this style.
His works have been shown throughout Australia and the USA since that time to much acclaim. In 2006, Kudditji Kngwarreye was nominated for Art Collector Magazine 50 Most Collectable Artists.
Please Note: This Artist passed away in 2017 and out of respect for Aboriginal culture, we have removed the photograph of this Artist holding this artwork from our website.