Artist: Michelle Lion Kngwarrey
Skin name: Kngwarrey (also spelled Kngwarreye)
Language group: Alyawarr
Country: Ngkwarlerlanem and Arnkawenyerr
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Born: late 1960’s
Michelle’s paintings often represent Dreaming stories that belong to her countries Ngkwarlerlanem and Arnkawenyerr in northern Utopia. In particular Ilyarnayt and Alhepalh feature predominately in her current works; both which are types of wattles (Acacia’s).
Her work has featured in several group exhibitions since 1977, including shows at Utopia Art, Sydney; the Orange Regional Gallery; the Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA; the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, and the Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs.
Michelle lives in northern Utopia with a strong family of artists including sister Lily Lion and mother Queenie Lion.