Genevieve Kemarr Loy is a young artist from the Utopia region. She is the granddaughter of Nancy Petyarr and has learnt painting from her father, Cowboy Loy Pwerl. Genevieve paints her father’s country and the story of the Bush Turkey, for which he is senior custodian. Her paintings depict the tracks the bush turkey makes as it searches for seeds and other tucker and makes its way to the waterhole. On a more complex cultural level, her work is about women's ceremonies of the Anmatyerr people and are a significant depiction of the relationship between Genevieve and her country in Utopia, Central Australia.
Genevieve also depicts the green plant called Akwerlkerrmwerlkerr that grows like a lawn alongside the road. It has white flowers on top and the bush turkey likes to eat the seeds.
Genevieve’s paintings are characterised by a beautiful and careful handling of paint, a harmonious sense of colour and great control of the delicate spidery marks that make their way across her canvas. Her work shows a mature grasp of colour, design, and resolved aesthetic direction.
In particular, her Bush Turkey Dreaming paintings combine traditional meticulous dots and elegant wisps, creating vibrant, pulsating, and richly textured surfaces. These works represent Genevieve’s own re-imaging of the Dreaming stories.
2016 Solo Exhibition, A Utopian Vision, Cooee Art Gallery, NSW 20th Oct - 19th Nov 2016
2016 Finalist, Alice Prize, Alice Springs Art Foundation, Alice Springs, N.T.
2014 Narrativa Herióca - Pintura Aborígine do Deserto Australiano Renaissance Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil & Arca Urbana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014 Finalist, 38th Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2013 Finalist, Fleurieu Art Prize, 2013, Maclaren Vale, South Australia
2013 Finalist, The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Museum of South Australia
2012-13 Blake Prize Director’s Cut on-line exhibition, The Blake Society
2012 finalist Paddington Art Prize, Sydney
2012 finalist, Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach (Blue Mountains region) NSW
2012 Tattersalls Club Art Prize Award, Tattersalls Club, Brisbane
2012 finalist, Metro Art Award, Metro Art Gallery, Melbourne
2012 The Churchie, National Emerging Art Exhibition, Griffith University Art Gallery, Queensland College of Art (Judge’s Award winner)
2011 Tattersall’s Club Art Prize Award, Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane, 2010 (Commended)
2011 Kinross House, Uniting Arts Toorak, Vic; 25 May - 3 July 2011, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW' 30 July - 8 September 2011, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Tasmania
2010 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Art Centre, 2010, Sydney
2010 59th Blake Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, 3 September - 2 October 2010
23 Oct - 28 Nov 2010, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA; 28 Jan - 3 March 2011, Delmar Trinity Gallery, NSW; 18 March - 21 April
2010 Metro Gallery Art Award, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Blake Prize, The Blake Society, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
City of Albany Art Prize, 4 – 27 April 2009, Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, W.A. Awarded Highly Commended
Making their Mark: Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray and Genevieve Kemarr Loy, 20 March - 25 April 2009, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne
An Individual Perspective: From the Indigenous Collection of Lauraine Diggins, Deakin University Gallery, Burwood, and touring to Geelong Gallery, 2010
2008 Impulse to Paint: The Artists of Iylenty, Utopia, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne
Moscow World Fine Art Fair, Manege, Moscow, Russia
The Churchie National Emerging Art, Morris Hall at Churchie (Anglican Church
Grammar School), East Brisbane
Annual Collectors’ Exhibition, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne
Australian Antiques & Art Dealers Fair 2008, Sydney
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
2007 Visions of Utopia, Cooee Aboriginal Art, Sydney
Memory As Landscape, Masterpiece @ IXL, Hobart
Utopia Today, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne
Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane
Lauraine Diggins, Melbourne
Impulse to Paint: The Artists of Iylenty, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art Melbourne, 2008 (exhibition catalogue)
Annual Collectors’ Exhibition, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, 2008 (exhibition catalogue).