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Abie Loy Kemarre (1972-)

Aliases: Abie Loy

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  • Abie Loy Kemarre Untitled , 2001 Acrylic on linen

  • ABIE LOY KEMARRE Bush Hen Dreaming Acrylique sur

  • Abie Loy Kemarre (b. circa 1972) Region: Utopia NT

  • KEMARRE ABIE LOY (ANMATYERRE) (née en 1972) LES FEUILLES DU BUSH / BUSH LEAVES, 2007 Acrylique sur toile (Belgian linen)

Abie Loy Kemarre Biography

Abie Loy Kemarre was born in 1972 on the Utopia homelands, 270 kms north east of Alice Springs in Central Australia. Her language is Eastern Anmatyerre and her ancestral country is Iylenty, also called Mosquito Bore. Abie Loy began painting in 1994 alongside her grandmother, esteemed senior Utopia Aboriginal artist Kathleen Petyarre.

Abie Loy established her reputation amongst leading Australian aboriginal artists painting the detailed and finely dotted Bush Hen Dreaming, the story that she inherited from her Grandfather. These paintings, with their fixed structure overlaid with a floating field of tonally coloured dots, are classic Utopia artworks. From 2004 Abie Loy began working on paintings related to Sandhill and Body painting designs. These works are bolder and more open than the earlier works, often with strong linear structures.

Abie Loy Kemarre has exhibited widely and has been a finalist in the Telstra NAATSIA art awards in 1997 and 2001. Her first exhibition at Japingka Gallery was held in 1997.

The work of Abie Loy Kemarre has been exhibited regularly by Japingka Gallery including-

2012 Desert Gold
2012 Recent Works
2012 Sandover River Country
2012 Little Gems
2011 In Black and White
2008 Utopia Collection
2006 Luminaries of the Desert
2002 Generations
2002 Kimberley, Central Desert & Utopia
2001 Little Gems
1999 Utopia – Recent Works
1998 Utopia Dreamings
1997 Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming

Abie Loy is the eldest of five children, and was born on Utopia station, about 270km north east of Alice Springs in the Northern Terrirtory. Abie definitely has painting in her blood: being the daughter of Margaret Loy Pula (who won the Wynne Prize in 2012) and Ray Loy Pula. Her aunt is the celebrated artist, Gloria Petyarre and her Grandmother is the equally respected senior woman artist, Kathleen Petyarre.

A very innovative mid-career artist, she began painting at the age of 19. She was mentored by her grandmother Kathleen Petyarre, who taught her the methodology of using details and tiny shimmering dotting to create complex optical effects.

Over the years, Abie further developed her skills as an artist to become an extraordinarily talented colourist and designer, experimenting with elements of line, colour and form.

Abie is a custodian of the Bush Hen Dreaming which she inherited from her Grandfather. At the simplest level, her Bush Hen Paintings represent the bush hen travelling in search of bush seeds scattered across the country. Other themes in Abie's paintings are the Bush Medicine Leaf Dreaming, Emu Dreaming, and Sandhills and Body Paint Designs including Awelye.

Abie Loy's artworks are held in major collections worldwide. Her Batik works were exhibited in Bali, and her works on canvas have been exhibited widely in galleries in Australia and Overseas.

Abie now spends her time between Mosquito Bore with her family, Lake Nash (Alpurrurulam) and Adelaide.

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