Artist Bio

Abie Loy Kemarre began painting in 1994 under the guidance of her grandmother, the acclaimed Western Desert artist, Kathleen Petyarre and other talented artist relatives. Abie is the daughter of Margaret Loy Pula (who won the Wynne Prize in 2012) and Ray Loy Pula. Her aunt is the celebrated artist, Gloria Petyarre.

Abie is a custodian of the Bush Hen Dreaming, which she inherited from her Grandfather. Abie’s Bush Hen paintings represent the story of the bush hen travelling in search of bush seeds scattered across the land during the Dreamtime.  It is somewhat like a map that indicates landmarks where signifigant events occured in the Dreaming story. Abie Loy’s artworks are held in major collections worldwide.

Featured Galleries / Collections

  • Seattle Art Museum (Seattle Washington USA)
  • Musée de Confluences (Lyon France)
  • The Ishibashi Foundation Bridgestone Museum (Tokyo Japan)
  • The Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Festival of Arts Foundation Collection (Adelaide)
  • The Adelaide University Art Collection
  • The Levi-Kaplan Collection (Seattle USA).
  • The Kelton Foundation (Los Angeles USA)
  • The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission Collection
  • The National Gallery of Victoria
  • Kerry Stokes Collection (Perth)
  • Private Collections