Kudditji Kngwarreye was born in 1928 in Utopia, Northern Territory. He worked as a stockman in his early adulthood, like most Aboriginal young men of his time who lived on pastoral leases in Central Australia.
Kudditji Kngwarreye is the younger brother of the prominent artist from Utopia, the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. His paintings depict the Dreaming stories from his country, mainly Emu dreaming, in the past. Kudditji Kngwarreye has recently adapted a bold new style, my country, a unique and very sophisticated abstract artistic presentation of his tribal stories and his land, as observed by him, travelling frequently as a stockman.
Kudditji Kngwarreye’s exhibition of his new style in Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen captured attention of art critics and visitors. His new style shows not only a huge step in the evolution of his artistic talents, but also a turn in the expression of Aboriginal art as a whole, breaking through the boundaries of traditional Aboriginal paintings. It shows the passion and depth of the seasoned artist.
Selected major Exhibitions:
· Contemporary Art from Australia; Noumea, New Caledonia, 1990
· Tjukurrpa Museum fur Volkerkunde, Basel, Switzerland, 1992
· Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
· Major Aboriginal art galleries in Australian cities