The Bush Leaf Dreamingby Abie Loy Kemarre
This magnificent artwork in fine detail refers to leaves of great importance's from the artist ancestral country of Utopia in central Australia.
The leaves are collected by the Aboriginal women, boiled, kangaroo resin added and mixed into a paste, which is used by Aboriginal people , as bush medicine to treat a variety of ailments. It is also celebrated in their Awelye ceremonies
I (Sabine Haider, Director Central Art) first met Abie Loy some 10 years ago and immediately fell in love with her artworks, a shy lady with a wonderful sense of humour and humble pride in her paintings. Abie was pivotal in helping me grow into the large business I have today, being one of the first artists who brought their work to me to purchase. This allowed other artists from Utopia to hear about me and then in turn visit me.
The first painting I purchased was a Bush Leaf Dreaming painting; it had a magnificent bright blue colour with red and white spread throughout the artwork. That painting has since sold however can still be viewed under her name in the artists tab. I feel a strong connection with Abie and am an avid collector of her works, having collected a range of all of her different styles throughout the years. I truly believe that Abie’s artworks are investment pieces as her ability to evolve her artworks and create her own unique style and interpretation of her Dreaming stories is unique. She has an amazing talent and eye for detail.
Abie comes from a large family of influential artists, namely her maternal grandmother Kathleen Petyarre. Her other “grandmothers” include Gloria Petyarre, and Ada Bird Petyarre. So she comes from a family group of strong Aboriginal women and a wonderful artistic background. Born in 1972 Abie grew up in Utopia, an Aboriginal community 270km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Abie shares that she knew from the age of 9 that she wanted to be an artist and was encouraged by Kathleen who took her under her wing.
In the 1980’s Utopian artists were experimenting with Batik (painting on silk) and as a young girl Abie would often accompany Kathleen during her painting sessions. Kathleen would often take Abie interstate to Adelaide during her painting trips. Over many years Kathleen taught, guided and supported Abie to depict the Bush Hen Dreaming which was passed down to her from her grandfather, by customary law this was the only Dreaming that Abie was allowed to depict. In 1994 Abie began to paint independently.
Abie is known for her contemporary interpretations to traditional Dreaming stories and through the years has gained deep cultural knowledge and is now permitted by tribal law to depict the Bush Leaf Dreaming and Awelye.
In 2001/2002 Abie introduced a bolder, more abstract interpretation of her traditional Dreaming stories and begun depicting the countryside that the Bush Hen travels often titled Sand hills (My Country) and Spinifex Country, these artworks are stylistically interpreted as abstract, expressionist and post-modern.
Abie's unique style of painting has brought her critical acclaim that postures her at the leading edge of the Aboriginal & Australian contemporary art movement. Abie has had exhibitions in Australia, Indonesia, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and the US.
In February 2008, Central Art launched an online exhibition of Abie's body of work, as well as being a prominent feature in the Resident NT magazine. In 2010 Central Art showcased an exhibition "Tradition to Modernity" in which several of her best works were selected.
Abie continues to visit Central Art when she is painting and I thoroughly enjoy catching up with her and learning about her new designs and how she has incorporated her cultural knowledge into contemporary Aboriginal art. I strongly recommend anyone considering purchasing Aboriginal art as an investment piece to consider Abie Loy.
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The Copyright of all images and documentation remains with Sabine Haider. The Australian Copyright Act protects all artists from unauthorised copying by giving control over original works of art to the artist by law. However depending on the use proposed, Sabine Haider from Central Art – Aboriginal Art Store can facilitate reproduction of works with the permission of the artist as we have developed close relationships over the years with many individual painters and craftspeople.
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