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Valorine Morgan Kngwarreye

Valorine Morgan Kngwarreye (b.1982) is the granddaughter of the late Minnie Pwerle, who was one of Australia's top female contemporary Indigenous artists. Her father is Keith Morgan Petyarre who is also an artist from Utopia. Her mother passed away when she was young. She currently lives in Alice Springs with her two sons and one daughter.

Valorine predominantly paints 'My Grandmother's Country' and her work reflects the style of Grandmother (Minnie) and her aunty (Betty Mbitjana), she also paints stories of  'Awelye (women's ceremony' for Anemangkerr and 'Bush Melon' from Atnwengerrp.

Valorine has beautiful memories of her younger days in Utopia. She started painting when she was about sixteen. She learnt how to paint by observing Minnie and other family members. Valorine says, 'When nanna was alive, I looked after her, - cooking, washing, cleaning, etc. I prepared paints and changed water when she did painting. I took out nanna hunting and camping. We caught witchetty grub, kangaroo, goanna, bush banana, sugarbag…lots of tucker!'

Valorine is an emerging artist who's paintings have gained a strong following within a very short space of time.