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    Our vibrant and dynamic artists are from the Utopia region; a large remote area of Central Australia which, until recently, had no government funded art centre. As a result of their pioneering efforts, they have one of the strongest and richest art histories.

  • Body Paint Designs by Abie Loy Kemarre (SOLD)

    180cm x 75cm

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    The designs in this painting by Abie Loy Kemarre represent Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs). These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. This stick is called a ‘typale’. The women sing the songs associated with their awelye as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted-up’.

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

    Artist: Abie Loy Kemarre
    Skin name: Kemarre  
    Language group: Anmatyerre
    Country: Ahalpere
    Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
    Born: 1972

    • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen