Kudditji Kngwarreye creates a mesmerizing experience of colour on canvas. Having experimented with many different styles Kudditji has mastered a signature technique bringing a modern abstract look to traditional stories.
Born in 1928, in the Utopia region, Kudditji lived a traditional bush upbringing with his late sister the esteemed Emily Kngwarreye. He is an Anmatyerre elder and cultural custodian of the Emu. Kudditji embarked on a long career as a mine and stock worker until 1986 when he began his first dot paintings. Inspired by the Papunya artist’s movement, Kudditji followed suit perfecting the 'dot style' of his dreamings the emu, and the laws and travels of their ancestors. Yet Kudditji added touch of originality by weaving hieroglyphs into the dotted background.
In the 1990's Kudditji broadened his scope and began experimenting with style, colour and canvas. With a freer, looser brush stroke his style veered increasingly more towards the abstract. Bold segmented colours dominated his canvases creating a landscape effect. Immense illusions of space were evoked, with colour strategically painted to capture light at different angles. Kudditji’s ability to capture the essence of the utopian landscape began attracting much attention in the art realms.
However Kudditji encountered strong demand for the earlier traditional dot painting style of painting seeing him explore his older technique. Yet in 2003 Kudditji unveiled his ‘My Country’ paintings that involved once again a return to the abstract.
With some likeness to his sister the great Emily, Kudditji has enraptured audiences with a painting style uniquely his own. Having explored and experimented with technique, colour and canvas, Kudditji has created a style that truly reflects his inherited dreaming and connection to his land, Utopia.
Kudditji Kngwarreye is a talented painter with an extensively eclectic technique. His paintings inspire freedom, the abstract, colour, space and boldness. It is no doubt that his work has gained much recognition via both his solo exhibitions and inclusion in collections world wide.