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Abie Loy Kemarre (born c.1972-)
Country: Lyentye (Mosquito Bore) Utopia,
Northern Territory
Language: Eastern Anmatyerre

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A w e l y e
2 to 31 March 2007 



Awelye refers to the ceremonial world of women, or women’s business, and includes women’s ceremonial body designs. It also might refer to a particular ceremony and the designs songs and dances associated with it.  Awelye was used as a title for many of Emily Kngwarreye’s paintings, also conveying the meaning of “the whole lot”, summing up Aboriginal artists’ understanding of painting as a reflection of the interconnectedness of all things, rather than individual representations of particular things.

“Abie Loy is closely related to a host of famous and extraordinary women painters - Gloria Pitjara, Ada Bird Petyarre, and the late Emily Kngwarreye.  Her Grandmother is Kathleen Petyarre. Yet, her painting has not come to public attention because of these famous connections, but because she is simply the most talented and exciting young contemporary Indigenous artist to emerge for some years.

“Born in February 1972, the young Eastern Anmatyerre girl grew up in remote Utopia, almost 300 kilometres north east of Alice Springs, where she observed her older women relatives at work on their art.  Their efforts were to prove an international success story. 

“Under the formidable influence of her Grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre, Abie Loy’s talent has blossomed.  She is a highly disciplined artist, working and re-working ideas many times until she is satisfied with the outcome.  She possess a strong technical command of all aspects of painting, including line, intrinsic form and surface quality, use of colour, and overall balance of composition - but she is also willing to experiment with all these elements to extent permitted by Eastern Anmatyerre law, of which she is deeply observant.”

Dr Christine Nicholls, A New Star Rises in Utopia
Australian Art review March/June 2004

Solo Exhibitions

2007 Awelye, Bett Gallery Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania
2006 Bush Leaf & Other Dreaming’s, Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, WA
2005 New Paintings, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
  Solo Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2004 Solo Exhibition, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
  Solo Exhibition, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003 First Solo Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

Group Exhibitions

2006 Nearly Abstract, Bett Gallery Hobart and Webb’s Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  Recent Painting, Kathleen Petyarre & Abie Loy, Framed Gallery, Darwin, N.T., Australia
2006 Abie Loy & Kathleen Petyarre, New Paintings, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Paddington, NSW, Australia
2005 Utopia & Beyond, Maunsell Wicks, Paddington, NSW
  Dreamings, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia
2004 Arrnkerthe, New Paintings, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia
2003 Abie Loy Recent Paintings, Fire-works Gallery, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
2002 Abie Loy & Violet Petyarre, Recent Paintings, Mary Place Gallery, Paddington, NSW, Australia
2001 18th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition, Darwin, NT, Australia
2000 The Collection, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, South Australia
  Utopia, Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory
1999 North by North East, Landscape & Ceremonial paintings from Utopia, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic., Australia
  SALA Week, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA
  Joint Indonesian - Utopia Batik Workshop for Third Pacific Arts Utopia Recent Works, King Street Gallery, Perth, WA
1998 Our Country Then and Now, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA., Australia
  Raiki Wara: Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic., Australia
  15th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition Darwin, NT
  Utopia Dreamings, Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A. Australia
1997 Schilderijen uit Utopia, Songlines Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, Galeri Ardiyanto, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  Documenta, Kasel, Germany
  Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  14th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Touring Art Exhibition
  Japingka Gallery, Desert Designs, Perth, W.A. Australia
  The Alice Prize Art Exhibition, Alice Springs, NT., Australia


The Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australia
Festival of Arts Foundation Collection, Adelaide, South Australia
The Adelaide University Art Collection, South Australia
The Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle, USA
The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission Collection
The National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, Western Australia
Private Collections


Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, David Cossey, Museum Art International, 1997, pp. 26,27,28

Telstra 14th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Traveling exhibition, plate 17, page 25
Raki Wara, Long Cloth from Aboriginal and the Torres Strait, National Gallery of Victoria, 1998 pp. 63 86,87
Craft Arts International magazine, article, Abie Loy Kemarre, pp.44 – 48, published Craft Arts International Pty Ltd, 2005

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