• Artwork:My Country
  • Artist:Kudditji Kngwarreye
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My Countryby Kudditji Kngwarreye

This beauitful artwork depicts a palette of strong colours which Kudditji Kngwarreye refers to his ancestral country of Utopia in Central Australia.  The design and colours has special meaning to men's ceremonial sites and Emu Dreaming.

Kudditji Kngwarreye is a traditional custodian for his country and Emu Dreaming.

  • Artist:Kudditji Kngwarreye
  • Title:My Country
  • ID:KKGC006
  • Medium:Blank card
  • Size:7 x 5 cm
  • Region:Utopia, Central Australia


Kudditji Kngwarreye is the youngest half brother to the most famous and highly collectable artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye (who sadly passed away in 1996). Kudditji was born in approximately 1928 and comes from Boundary Bore in Utopia in Central Australia. He led a traditional lifestyle and upbringing in the Central Australian desert, learning his Dreamings and cultural responsibilities.

As a young man he worked as a stockman as did many Aboriginal men who lived on or near pastoral leases in Central Australia. An Anmatyerre man and highly respected elder Kudditji would often take young boys and men hunting emu and merging traditional hunting skills as part of their initiation as men. He began painting in 1986 and would sell his artwork to many local galleries in Alice Springs. Painting was not a career for him in the early days and it wasn’t until the passing of his sister that he began to paint more frequently.  When he first began painting his style was consistent with the times and he would paint detailed artworks depicting Emu Dreaming and Men’s Ceremonial Dreamings. These paintings featured ranks of coloured roundels and other traditional iconography on a chequered or dotted background. From 1990 his paintings took a somewhat radical style using more abstract imagery and bold colours. Initially these were not well received by galleries however Kudditji persevered and eventually received recognition for this new style of painting. He uses a heavily loaded brush and a usually bright palette of colour. The paint sweeps broadly across the canvas with progressive blocks of stippled colour. Kudditji’s paintings reflect a style he has become well known for since 2003 when he began to explore the “dump dot” technique made famous by his sister, Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Kudditji is considered in the top 200 most collectable Aboriginal artists of all time, as rated by Australian Indigenous Art Market, sitting at 145th. Given his age it is remarkable he is still able to produce such incredible artworks which merge the earth, water and sky together to form a simplistic desert landscape.

As the custodian for ceremonial sites located in his country around Utopia many of his paintings refer to these sacred sites where men’s ceremonies including initiation ceremonies take place.

I (Sabine Haider, Director Central Art) have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Kudditji having first met him in 2008. His paintings are bold and colourful and I am in awe of his ability to create such meaning through his paintings. Central Art is pleased to hold such a large and varied collection of his paintings.  


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1928 - 2017

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