Kittey Malarvie Brockman gold mine, near Halls Creek, Western Australia, b. 1939
Kittey Malarvie (b.1939 at Brockman gold mine, near Halls Creek, Western Australia) is a celebrated, senior artist. Her rich paintings connect to her traditional desert country south west of Kununurra and north of the Great Sandy Desert.
Malarvie employs circles, motifs, dotting and intersecting lines to map the country along the river banks and interpret the transition of the seasons across a land that is flooded and dry by turns, leaving behind the patterned ground of "luga" cracked mud. Her Milkwater series depicts a meditation on the play of wind and light across a remarkable body of water the colour of milk against black sand. Painting primarily in ochres of pinks, black, greys and milky whites, the artist translates the language of her country into the gestures and utterances of international abstraction.
Malarvie's works are held in museum collections around the world including the US, France and Australia and is a regular finalist in the Hedland and Kimberley Art Awards and the John Fries Memorial Prize.
This Place Holds the Key30 Oct - 8 Dec 2018JGM Gallery presents leading artists from the East Kimberley: Dora Griffiths, Peggy Griffiths, Mingnonette Jamin, Minni Lumai, Kittey Malarvie, Phyllis Ningarmara
Milkwater & LugaKittey Malarvie 17 Mar - 22 Apr 2017A solo exhibition of paintings by Aboriginal Australian artist, Kittey Malarvie