Glady Kemarre, a well known Utopia artist, began her career in the late 1970’s with the medium of batik. Over 80 other Utopia women participated in this practice for over a decade before the acrylics on canvas movement swept Utopia in the late 1980’s. Glady swiftly changed mediums, as did many others, to the ease and liberation of acrylics.
Having painted now for us for many years, Glady has become known to us as a fine dot artist with a quiet yet humorous spirit. Though her ability to speak English is not fluent, she is fun to converse with and always has an intelligible glint in her eyes.
Glady usually resides with her close relatives Kathleen Ngale, Polly Ngale and Angelina Ngale in Utopia. The art of painting is a very social practice for Glady and the women of her community. Glady rarely paints anything other than the Anwekety Story, whereby fine dot work represents the sweet black conkerberry (anwekety in Glady’s native language).
Awards and Accolades
Centrefold Spread, Mbantua Gallery & Cultural Museum Newsletter, Issue 22 June 2008
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
1990 Utopia – A Picture story, an exhibition of 88 Works on Silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1994 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T
1998 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T
2004-2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs May-Jun
2008 Emily and Her Legacy, Hillside Gallery, Tokyo with Coo-ee Art Sydney in conjunction with the opening of the landmark retrospective exhibition Utopia – the Genius of Emily Kngwarreye at the National Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Brody A 1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth