Sarah Kngwarreye Morton

Skin: Kngwarrey (also spelt Ngwarrai)
Language Group: Alyawarr
Region: Ngkwarlerlanem and Arnkawenyerr, Utopia, Northern Territory
Vendor: Eastern Desert Art
Dreaming: Awely (Body Paint), Rainbow (Mpwelarr), Honey Ant (Yerramp), Honey Grevillea (Tharrkarr), Wild Flowers

Sarah Kngwarreye Morton, born in October 1958, is the third daughter of Utopian artists Mary Kemarre and Billy (Stockman) Pitjara Morton (deceased). Together with her mother and sisters, she was involved in the important Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) batik-making community projects which resulted in Utopia – A Picture Story, 88 silk batiks from the Holmes a Court Collection which toured throughout Australia. Her first foray into painting with acrylic on canvas began when CAAMA initiated Utopia Women’s Painting: The first works on canvas – A Summer Project.

Sarah’s work is featured in the Robert Holmes a Court exhibition and collection which has toured extensively within Australia and overseas.

Her painting subjects include Wild Flowers, Sweet Honey Grevillea (Tharrkarr), Rainbow (Mpwelarr) and Honey Ant (Yerramp).

Collections:
  • Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
  • Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
  • The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Exhibitions:
  • 1989 - Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
  • 1990 - Utopia - A Picture Story an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland.
  • 1991 - Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 1993/4 - ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
  • 2007 - Eastern Desert Song, Brush with Art Festival, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA
  • 2008 - Power of Place, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institue Inc
  • 2009 - East-West-Brush with Art, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, South Australia
  • 2010 – Aboriginal Artists in London June 11 - 13, London, UK
  • 2011 – Aboriginal artists in the UK Merton Arts Trail October, London, UK
  • 2011 - Desert Visions, Prairie Hotel 10 September- 10 November 2011
  • 2012 - Landscapes, Prairie Hotel