T’keyah Ware belongs to the


Antikirinya/Wirangu peoples on her mother and father’s side, she was born in Port Augusta in 2002 and spent her growing up years in Ceduna on the west coast of South Australia. T’keyah’s great Grandmother Millie Taylor (nee Lennon “Deceased) and mother Kelly Taylor are the inspiration behind all of the amazing paintings and stories that T’keyah creates.

T’keyah’s great-great-grandmother is half Antikirinya and half Arrernte. She has many accomplishments as a young artist with an award as Highly Commended she received during the Our Young Mob exhibition. Featured on the notable Vogue Living, Collaborations with Royal Flying doctors & Disney Australia, articles with SBS NITV, ABC Eyre Peninsula, National Indigenous Times & Homes to Love Australia. T’keyah picked up the paintbrush when she was just 13 years and fell in love with it, today she continues to learn from her mum Kelly Taylor how to create a painting using different stories, designs, techniques, style and how to blend colours to create her own paintings that shows her family and great grandmothers’ journey across country hunting and gathering traditional foods to survive off the land.

Her style of dot artwork is spread out over the canvas in multiple colours to give her paintings an eye-catching effect that makes her artworks exquisite, culturally significant, and breath-taking.

Awards


  • Our Young Mob Exhibition: Highly Commended Award in the 18 years and under class.

Exhibitions

  • 2019 “ Our Mob, 20 October “ 23 Aug “ 3 Oct 2019 at Adelaide Festival Centres QBE Galleries in Adelaide SA 5001.
  • 2019 “ Malka Aboriginal Art Prize, 10 June – 27 July 2019 at Yarta Purtli Gallery in Port Augusta 5700.
  • 2019 “ Tarnanthi Art Fair, 18 Oct- 20 Oct 2019 at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide SA 5000.
  • 2020 “ Tarnanthi Art Fair, 16 Oct- 18 Oct 2020 at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide’s CBD in Adelaide SA 5000.
  • 2021 “ Tarnanthi Art Fair and more coming soon, this page will be updated as soon as those places & dates become available.

News & Media  


VOGUE LIVING

The mother-daughter duo producing exquisite First Nations art steeped in history, Antakirinja/Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha artists T’keyah Ware and Kelly Taylor discuss working with family and sharing their heritage with the world. read more

COUNTRY ARTS SA
The mother-daughter duo Kelly Taylor and T’keyah Ware (Ceduna, West Coast), will create an artwork that will be used on greeting cards to be sent across the nation. The cards will be used to send notes of congratulations, thank you, season greetings and more to Country Arts SA friends, patrons, partners
and collaborators across Australia. read more

ROYAL FLYING DOCTORS
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Central Operations has partnered with two South Australian Aboriginal artists Mother-daughter duo Kelly Taylor and T’keyah Ware unveiled their commissioned work at a special event to launch the Flying Doctor’s NAIDOC Week celebrations. read more

7NEWS
An Indigenous artist who has needed two emergency flights with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia has given back. A painting by Ceduna-based Kelly Taylor and her daughter T’keyah Ware is being used as a motif on new uniforms for the RFDS. read more

NITV – SBS NEWS
Artwork painted by mother and daughter duo from Ceduna in SA to feature on uniforms for Royal Flying Doctor Service. read more

WEST COAST SENTINEL
Mother-daughter artist duo Kelly Taylor and T’keyah Ware’s original painting will be displayed at the RFDS Adelaide base, with full-size prints. read more

OUR FAMILY TO YOURS: A DISNEY X BLUETHUMB COLLABORATION
Known for their colossal collaborative artworks and their connection to country, Kelly Taylor and her three daughters from Ceduna in South Australia are helping you get in the festive spirit this year with their painted stars. read more

ABC EYRE PENINSULA
First Nations artists Kelly Taylor (right) and her daughters Kelilah, T'keyah and Taliyah Ware have each created a Christmas star, for a ‘From Our Family to Yours’ collaboration between Disney Australia and Bluethumb gallery in Adelaide where the family sells their art. read more

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS TIMES
Known for their intricate dot paintings and connection to Country, Kelly Taylor and her three daughters from Ceduna in South Australia have achieved a lot in a little time. In their two years of business as KT Aboriginal Fine Art, the mother and daughter artists have an online following of over 12,000, have
been involved in multiple exhibitions and have received a number of accolades. read more

HOMES TO LOVE
Kelly has passed down what she has learnt to her three daughters T'keyah, Kelilah and Taliyah who are producing equally as impressive work.

The women's extraordinary paintings are delightfully vibrant and finely detailed. "Today we still go out camping, hunt and gather traditional foods, go walkabout on the land, collect bush medicine leaves, visit all the waterholes and rock holes, sit by the campfire on country sharing stories, enjoying the fresh air." read more
SALA FESTIVAL
T’keyah Ware (Ceduna, West Coast) collaborated with SALA to create an artwork that will be used on Foodland Shopping bags that is distributed throughout all Foodland Stores in South Australia.
These beautiful bags are now available in your local Foodland so make sure you go down and grab yourself one, but the best part is that every bag purchased gives a donation to SALA Festival, ensuring future opportunities for artists and events for our audiences to enjoy.
Artwork on SALA bag by T'keyah Ware (KT Aboriginal Fine Art), 'Family Day Out', 2021. read more
 

Hello (Wai) everyone 😊 (Palya)

Welcome to KTAFA! My name is Kelly Taylor, I am a traditional aboriginal artist of KT Aboriginal Fine Art, I belong to the Antikirinya-Yankunytjatjara-Matu/Kokatha people on my grandmothers’ side and on my grandfathers side I belong to the Kokatha-Yankunytjatjara-Matu people, I am custodian to my nana Millie Taylor's (nee-Lennon) dreaming's/stories that have been passed down to me as well as my own.
Watching my grandmother paint from a very young age I fell in love with art & my culture and I have been painting for 30 years (give or take) ever since, but in 2014 I started painting full time, during this time my youngest daughter T’keyah picked up the paintbrush and fell in love with painting too.
My second oldest daughter Kelilah joined us introducing her style of dot painting that is shaped into waves, lines and dots.
Then in 2019, my oldest daughter Taliyah joined us introducing her style that is shaped into circles and dots.
So in July 2019, we thought let's create a Facebook page and call it Kelly and T’keyah’s Aboriginal Fine Art and share our art and stories throughout the world so people can learn and understand our culture and why it is important for us to stay connected to country.

Kelly and T’keyah Aboriginal Fine Art

changed to KT Aboriginal Fine Art in 2020 the year that changed a lot of peoples lives and most definitely changed ours.
Our KTAFA logo was designed by us and now represents our family of five and we officially became a business in 2021 and now KT Aboriginal Fine Art journey begins.
We paint together at home and before we start, we like to choose a colour palette first then I will sit with my daughter and choose a story then start painting the design onto the canvas our style of dot painting where we merge ancient art with traditional and contemporary art. Once our paintings are completed, we display them on our Website and all our Social Media pages, blue thumb, Ceduna Art Gallery & Ceduna Ocean to Outback Gallery.

My Nana Millie was my teacher she always encouraged me to paint and passed many ancient stories down along the way, following her example I passed down what I learnt to my three daughters, I've been painting on and off for 29 years. Today I teach my three daughters how to paint and techniques of mixing colours and the importance of respecting our Aboriginal culture when choosing a storyline before dot painting.”
When we create these beautiful pieces, we mix our colour palette first, choose a title, the story then paint the traditional symbols. Our style of painting we call creeper dots, where we blend and overlap colours to bring out the beauty eye-catching effect of ancient art merging with traditional and contemporary art.”

T’keyah says painting with her mum

noting she loves to base her painting around her maternal family’s stories and being out on country, though the artist flags she's from a family of strong traditional backgrounds on both sides. T’keyah says “I have learnt how to design paintings using the correct traditional symbols and mum is still teaching me more and more things I need to know about my culture. I will continue to learn from my mum until it’s my time to teach.

KELILAH & TALIYAH SAYS

“before we start a painting, we like to sit with our mum so she can show us how and where to paint certain symbols, then we talk about the painting storyline, title and how the painting will look once it is completed, sometimes it’s hard because we don’t know where to start but mum is very supportive and helps us by painting together”.

OUR FAMILY HAVE EARNED A NUMBER OF ACCOLADES

And moments of recognition from my daughters T’keyah Ware and Kelilah winning awards in known exhibitions (Our Young Mob Exhibition) and art prizes (Abstract Award winner in 2020 Bluethumb Art Prize), Also we are honoured to be a part some special collaborations and publications from Vogue Living, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Country Arts SA also a special collaboration with Disney and Bluethumb for their “From Our Family to Yours” campaign. We are passionate about painting pieces that signify our own personal stories, unique journeys and love to share our interpretations of our country. Today we are growing as a family business and look forward to producing many more beautiful fine art pieces, along with a few amazing new products we would like to introduce to KT Aboriginal Fine Art in the near future.

Thank you for visiting our website and online shop our business is 100% Aboriginal Family Owned and operated, if you have further questions please feel free to give us a call or send us a message through our contact us page. We look forward to hearing from you. ❤
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