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Painting by Utopia artist Lily Lion Kngwarreye


Lily Lion Kngwarreye (b.1964)


​122 x91.5 cm. Acrylic on linen canvas

​Provenance: Certificate of authenticity from art dealer, purchased directly from a dealer working with the artist.


    Lily Lion Kngwarreye was born in 1964 and comes from Utopia Community in Central Australia. She is from the Kngwarreye skin group and is an Alyawarre speaker. 


    Lily, like many other women from Utopia, became involved in art in the 1970’s and 1980’s through various community workshop and events. She was first involved in the batik art programs as a young woman with the likes of Gloria Petyarre and Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The women were involved in creating Dreaming scenes and transferring these onto silk batiks. Lily’s depicted Rainbows and Honey Grevillea and used traditional motifs throughout her design. These silk batiks were exhibited around Australia and through Eire and Scotland. The whole collection was later acquired by the Holmes a Court Collection.

    In the late 1980’s, Lily began using canvas and acrylic paints. Her paintings are held in several collections as well as being involved in various exhibitions including an entrant in the 8th and 10th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibitions in 1991 and 1993.


    Her usual style involves fine dotting and delicate brush strokes. In most of her artworks, she shares the Dreamtime Stories of the Ilyarnayt flower (Acacia flower). This particular Dreaming belongs to the Ngkawarlerlarnem and Arnkawenyerr countries. Other Dreaming which belong to this country which she depicts are Mpwelarr (Rainbow), Ilyarn & Ilyarnayt (Acacia Flowers), Tharrkarr (Sweet Honey Grevillea), Yerramp (Honey Ant) and Alpeyt (Flowers).


    In her painting ‘Country’ Lily is inspired by five remarkable Dreamtime stories: Rainbow Dreaming, Sweet Honey Greville, Alpeyt (A variety of flowers), Honey Ant and Ilyarn-ilyarnty (Acacia tree and witchetty grub)

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