Artist: Freddy Kngwarreye Jones
Skin Name: Kngwarreye (also known as Ngwarai)
Language Group: Alyawarr
Region: Theyle, Utopia, Northern Territory
Vendor: Utopian Aboriginal Art
Dreaming: Caterpillar (Aylperlayt), Kangaroo (Aherr), Wallaby (Greyneng),
Freddy Kngwarreye Jones was born in 1939 on Old MacDonald Station. His father, Jacob Jones, was an authoritative Alyawarre man who traveled extensively as a young camel boy, working and mixing with European and Afghan men during the period when camel trains carried goods in the Australian desert.
Freddy Jones lives at Theleye outstation within the Utopia community and speaks the Alyawarre language. The Alyawarre and the Anmatyerre peoples are closely related. Alyawarre people’s traditional country lies to the east of Anmatyerre country, and many members of the two groups are related by kinship and marriage. Several men from these communities have achieved prominence for their art, including Dave Ross, Lindsay Bird, and Cowboy Pwerle. Most maintain the ‘classic’ geometric circles and parallel lines of men’s designs, marking out the Ancestral Tjukurrpa routes.
Freddy Kngwarreye Jones is concerned with the Caterpillar Tjukurrpa (Altyerre) or Dreaming, the central dreaming for the town of Alice Springs. He is also the principal song leader in ceremonies for the meat ant, pink-crested cockatoo, sulphur-crested cockatoo, snake, spider and kangaroo.
He has exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth and his work has been acquired by several institutions, including the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Bank Australia.
Source: Extract: Isaacs, Jennifer Spirit Country - Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art, Hardie Grant Books, 1999
Freddy Kngwarreye Jones is one of Elders on Utopia and as such his work is all the more significant. He is now passing on his knowledge as custodian of these Ancestors to his son and artist Charlie Petyarre Jones.
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