Aboriginal Art

Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre was born in 1972 at Utopia Station, 275 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs in the Northern territory of Central Australia. Abie Loy belongs to the Anmatyerr clan group and speaks Eastern Anmatyerr with English as a second language.

Currently, Abie Loy Kemarre and her family live at Iylenty (Mosquito Bore) near Utopia Station although she divides her time between Adelaide, South Australia, Mosquito Bore and Lake Nash. Her family group comprises of her mother Margaret Loy, her brothers and sisters and her grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre.

Bie Loy Kemarre Loy began painting in 1994 under the tutelage of her famous grandmother, Kathleen Petyarre. Abie Loy has custodial rights of the Bush Hen Dreaming, which she depicts abstractly in her associated Sand-hills and Body painting series of works. She also paints Bush Leaf dreaming, depicting the leaves that are ground to make bush medicines. Her Bush Hen dreaming paintings use the very intricate patterns and details associated with Kathleen Petyarre’s work although Abie Loy incorporates a different colour palate into her work.


The Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australia.
Festival of Arts Foundation Collection, Adelaide, South Australia.
The Adelaide University Art Collection, South Australia.
The Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle, USA.
The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA.
The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission Collection.
The National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria.

Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, Western Australia.
Private Collections

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