Kittey Malarvie

Born 1939

I was born at the gold mine - Brockman near Halls Creek. I grew up at the Ord River Station between Mistake Creek and Spring Creek. I travelled to Kununurra with my family in the early 1970s where I first learnt boab carving and artefact making with my mother and father. We used to sell to tourists to make money. My dad was teaching us and we were selling in the street in Kununurra and then through the first Waringarri. We would go out on weekends looking for boab nuts to carve and sell. It was a hard time but a good time. These days I prefer to paint and make prints. Recently focusing on painting practice, Kittey reveals layers of meaning and story in rich ochre paintings that connect to her traditional desert country south west of Kununurra. Layers of circle motifs interpet the transition of the seasons and a land that is flooded and dry by turns leaving behind the patterned ground of "luga" cracked mud.

Marlarvie's recent Milkwater series depicts a meditation on the multifaceted play of wind and light across a remarkable place of black soil and water the colour of milk. 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.

Solo Exhibitions
2015 "Ngaba", Kittey Malarvie, Raft Art Space, Alice Springs NT
2013 "Kittey Malarvie" Mossenson Galleries Melbourne VIC

Group Exhibitions
2015 Sydney Contemporary 2015, Mossenson Galleries Booth, Carriageworks, Sydney NSW
2015 2015 City of Albany Art Prize, Albany Town Hall, Albany WA2015 Salon15, Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin NT
2015 Cossack Art Awards 2015, City of Karratha, Karratha WA
2015 Art Stage Singapore, Mossenson Galleries, Marina Bay Convention Centre, Singapore
2014 Informing, Kittey Malarvie and Mary Tailor, Suzanne OConnell Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2014 Gerloong, Kittey Malarive, Judy Mengil and Agnes Armstrong, Mossenson Galleries Perth WA
2014 Wood and Water, New Prints from Waringarri Arts, Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT
2013 Traversing Borders. Art from the Kimberley, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane QLD
2013 "Conversations & Connection" Kittey Malarvie & Karen Mills, The Cross Art Projects, Kings Cross, NSW
2013 The 2013 Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW2013 "Our Living Land" An Exhibition of Leading Artists from the East Kimberley, OFOTO ANART Gallery, Shanghai, China
2013 The Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2012 Hedland Art Awards Exhibition
2012 Tali Gallery "Colourists of Mirriwoong Country" Rozelle, NSW
2012 "Songlines - A Coo-ee Christmas" Coo-ee Gallery, Bondi Beach, NSW
2012 John Fries Memorial Art Prize Exhibition
2012 "Our Living Land" An Exhibition of Leading Artists from the East Kimberley, Salvo Hotel, Shanghai, China
2009 "Ochre Works" Gecko Gallery

Collections
ZHONGFU GROUP COLLECTION
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART, RENO, NEVADA, USA
NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA COLLECTION (BOAB 100) 2014
WESFARMERS COLLECTION (BOAB 100) 2014
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING, GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Awards
2015 Highly Commended - 2015 City of Albany Art Prize, Albany WA
2015 Finalist, Cossack Art Awards, City of Karratha, WA
2014 Finalist - Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland WA
2014 Finalist - Kimberley Art Award, Shire of Derby, WA
2012 Finalist - John Fries Memorial Prize, Gaffa Galleries, Sydney
2012 Finalist - Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland WA

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