Untitled, (awelye) 1994 acrylic, Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Huge side track from my essay as I recall how much I love contemporary acrylic painting from Australia. The most acclaimed artist is Emily Kame Kngwarreye.(1915-1996)
Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s fabulous abstract paintings have been cited as probably the most striking ever made during the twentieth century. She lived close to nature and did no acrylics until she was in her late 70's. Centuries of philosophical theory, art galleries full of modern art: she knew nothing of them. However, during less than ten years at the end of her life, she made pared down, raw, large colour field paintings filled with organic and repetitive hand made marks that absolutely carry the viewer away. They stop our breath.
Utopia panel, 1996 acrylic, Emily Kame Kngwarreye
I've poked her work into my 8000 word disseration. Paintings like these make me question all this book learning.