Kudditji Kngwarreye Earth & Sky
Kudditji Kngwarreye, an Anmatyerre elder born c1928 at Boundary Bore, Utopia N.T., is the younger ‘kin’ brother to the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
He began painting in the late 1980s employing gridded compositions of classical dot and circle style featuring emu dreaming sites and naïve Utopian landscapes. Over the last 15 years, Kudditji has moved away from a largely pointillist stylewith an artistic confidence to work on a grander scale, utilising progressive blocks of bold, stippled colours. These modernist paintings amplify a bold, architectural style, fusing the borders of earth, water and sky, resulting in a dramatic restaging of the colours and textures of the desert landscape. The exhibition Earth & Sky includes several examples of his early style, two large scale 3 metre wide paintings from 2006 and over a dozen other various examples providing a mini survey of this important senior artist.