Greeny, apart from being a very high ranking tribal elder in Utopia, was also the nephew of the late Emily Kngwarreye. His father, Alhalkere Jack, Lindsay Bird’s mother and Emily are all blood brothers and sisters. Greeny was married to Kathleen Kemarre and together they had four daughters.
Greeny’s paintings, especially his Yam Seed Dreamings, are highly sought after by collectors and galleries throughout the world. Very rarely did Greeny digress from the traditional ochre colours and he painted with the use of lines, medium size dots and also very fine dots. On occasion he was known to use very large, splash type dot work during a period of collaborations with Emily Kame Kngwarreye (Greeny being the eldest nephew).
The colours Greeny used usually indicated different stages, seasons or time. e.g. Yam Seed Dreaming – before germinating, after germinating, when bearing fruit and sometimes after it has borne fruit. His paintings appear to reflect his unpretentious personality – quietly unassuming but with that feeling of endurance and respect.
Greeny passed away on the 3rd of May 2010 and left behind his wife, Kathleen Purvis, daughters Judy, Maureen, Jedda and Jennifer, his granddaughter Katrina Greeny and many extended family including Lindsay Bird, Gloria Petyarre and Annette Davis, who are all other Utopian artists.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1995 Dreamings, DACOU Gallery, Adelaide
1995 From Beneath the Earth – Utopian Artists, DACOU Gallery, Adelaide
1997 Utopia: Contemporary Aboriginal Works, Quadrivium Gallery NSW
1998 Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence.
1998 Dreamings, Vlaams-Europeesch Conferentiecentrum Brussels, Belgium
1998 May/August – Moseum Dorestad, Wijk bij Duurstede, the Netherlands
1998 March/August – Private Art Galleries, France
1999 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. 2000 Mar-April – ‘Artists of Utopia’, Tandanya, S.A
2000 ‘Utopia: Tradition and Innovation – Recent work by the artists of Utopia’, Hogarth Galleries, Northern Territory
2002 ‘Anmatyerre Men’, World Vision, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney
2002 Light Over Utopia, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2002 Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A
2002 The Cove Gallery, Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2002 Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2002 Mary’s Woods, Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2002 New City Merchants, Knoxville, Tennessee U.S.A
2003 Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, NSW
2003 Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee U.S.A
2003 The Cove Gallery, Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2003 Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon U.S.A (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2003 Mary’s Woods, Portland Oregon U.S.A (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2003 Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon U.S.A (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2004 Addison Road Gallery, Marrickville, NSW
2004 Aug-Sep – Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Greenwich, New York and Philadelphia
2004 The Utopia Men, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2005 March – Yam Dreaming – Atnwelarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T
2005 May-June – Small Wonders (A collection of 1’x1’ and 1’x1½’ paintings), Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
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