Remembering Kudditji Kngwarreye

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Remembering Kudditji Kngwarreye

Monday, February 20th, 2017

In January 2017, The Aboriginal Art Association of Australia broke the news that Kudditji Kngwarreye passed away peacefully in his nursing home in Alice Springs.

 

As an Elder, he was a traditional custodian of many important Dreamings, of the land and Men’s Business ceremonial sites. He maintained a strong connection and intimate knowledge of his Country.

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Kudditji began painting around 1986. Initially, the paintings that he became known for were not welcomed by galleries. Instead, he was encouraged to use traditional symbols and figurative elements.


It was only when his sister, and Utopian artist, Emily Kame Kngwarreye catapulted to the top of the Australian and International Art scene using a similar technique (the dump dump, or dump dot) that Kudditji decided to go back to his original idea.


While painting, Kudditji liked to sing as a way of infusing his works with stories of his Country. It’s befitting that though he no longer shares our physical world, Kudditji’s songs will continue to echo through his beautiful artwork.