May 22, 2011

Granny Art

Speaking of talented grannies....

Though I cannot pronounce her name and cannot relate to her world, her art fills me with joy. Flowing swirls of color that fill the canvas to the edges, each contained in itself.

Yam Dreaming - yes, it's about yams.  This piece is quite large, 60x35.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye was born sometime in 1910s somewhere in Central Australia. By all accounts she had a very ordinary life and didn’t take up painting seriously until she was in her 80s but was very prolific, churning out more than 3,000 paintings.

Body Paint

It is almost certain that Emily was not familiar with the works of Pollock or Rothko and her paintings do not display depth of skill. Yet she became one of the most renown and important Aboriginal artists.

Ceremony II

Her pink lines are my favorite but this deceptively simple yellow painting is a close runner up.

photos of Emily Kame Kngwarreye art from

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