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Body Paint Designs by Queenie Lion Kemarre

Size: 90cm x 90cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas

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This painting represents Awely(women’s ceremony) associated with the stories from Queenie’s countries, Atnwengerrpand Irrwelty.

The linear designs in Queenie’s painting represent the ceremonial body paint designs. These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs of the women. Powders ground from ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. This stick is called ‘typale’. The women sing the songs associated with their awely as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted-up’.

Women perform awely ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.

Red ochre and white are the true colours that are used for Queenie’s ceremonies.

Artist: Queenie Lion
Skin name: Kemarre
Language group: Alyawarr
Country: Atnwengerrp and Irrwelty
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Born: c. 1920
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    • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    • Size of painting: 90cm x 90cm
    • Size of canvas border: Approx 6 cm
    • Background colour: Black

    Catalogue number: 14606


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