Abie Loy Kamara (also cited Kemarre)
Birth site / Region: Mosquito Bore, Utopia Region, Central Australia.
Language / Tribal Group: Eastern Anmatyerre
Family History: Abie Loy Kemarre is the eldest of five children, Abie was born at Mosquito Bore on Utopia station. She is the daughter of Margaret Loy and Ray Loy Pula. Her aunt is the celebrated artist, Gloria Petyarre.
Abie began painting at the age of 19. She was mentored by her grandmother Kathleen Petyarre, who taught her the methodology of using details and tiny shimmering dotting to create complex optical effects.
Over the years, Abie has further developed her skills as an artist to become an extraordinarily talented colourist. Abie now spends her time between Mosquito Bore with her family, Lake Nash (Alpurrurulam) and her grandmother’s home in Alice Springs.
Abie is a custodian of the Bush Hen Dreaming. Her Bush Hen Dreaming Paintings represent the bush hen travelling in search of bush seeds scattered across the country. Other themes in Abie’s paintings are the Bush Medicine Leaf Dreaming, Emu Dreaming, and Sandhills and Body Paint Designs including Awelye. Her works are held in major collections all over the world. Batik work exhibited in Bali, works on canvas exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally.
2006 Abie Loy Kemarre, Bush Leaf & Other Dreamings Gadfly Gallery Perth
2005 Abie Loy Kemarre, New Paintings Gadfly Gallery Perth
2005 Abie Loy Kemarre Alcaston Gallery Melbourne
2004 Abie Loy Kemarre Coo-ee Gallery Sydney
2003 Abie Loy Kemarre Alcaston Gallery Melbourne
2010 Australian Trilogy, Dennis Nons, Abie Loy Kemarre GW Bott Paris France
2009 Best of the Best 11 Framed Gallery Darwin
2009 Ochres to Dust Coo-ee Gallery Sydney
2008 Utopia Modern Women’s Collection 1999 2002 Coo-ee Gallery Sydney
2008 Light & Space The Chicho Museum Naoshima Japan
2008 Jewels of the Desert Framed Gallery Darwin