Kelilah Ware

Kelilah Ware

Portfolio Description

Kelilah Ware belongs to the Antikirinya/Wirangu peoples on her mother and father’s side, she was born in Port Augusta in 1999 but spent her growing up years in Ceduna in South Australia.

Inspired by her mother and young sister T’keyah, Kelilah joined the family business in 2016, after months of watching her mother and sister paint, she thought she would give it a go. Kelilah says “its very hard sometimes but she is excited to learn” since 2016 Kelilah has introduced her own style of traditional contemporary dot painting.

Kelilah has an upcoming exhibition through Bluethumb at 1 Denison Exhibition North Sydney NSW 2060, 31st May 2021, featuring her first large painting titled ‘My Home’ the size of this Painting is: 3m (w) x 2 meters (h) along with smaller piece Titled ‘Camping under the Moonlight and a collaboration piece with her mum and young sister T’keyah titled ‘Listen, Learn, Teach.

Kelilahs great Grandmother Millie Taylor (nee Lennon – Deceased) and mother are the inspiration behind all of the amazing paintings and stories that Kelilah creates. Kelilahs great grandmother is half Antikirinya and half Arrernte.

Kelilahs says “mum show’s me how to design a canvas painting then I choose a story and dot paint it using my own style of dot painting (wave effect) then mix my own colour palette so my painting’s are eye catching and beautiful”.

Kelilah show’s her family and great grandmothers’ journey across country hunting and gathering traditional foods to survive off the land.

Kelilah’s style of dot work is shaped into circles, lines and waves to give her paintings an eye-catching effect that makes her artworks exquisite, culturally significant and breath-taking.

Kelilah enjoys painting with her mother and sisters at home and she want’s to keep learning and grow into a successful artist and carrying on her family cultural tradition by continuing to produce many more beautiful pieces for many years to come.


2020 – Abstract Award: Family Day Out through Bluethumb Art Prize.


2021 – 1 Denison, the new home of Nine and North Sydney’s new tallest

Building at 1 Denison Street North Sydney NSW 2060. 31st May 2021.



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


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


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 Doctors NAIDOC Week celebrations. read more


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


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


Artist Kelly Taylor belongs to the Antikirinya/Kokatha peoples and was encouraged and taught to paint by her grandmother Millie Taylor (née Lennon). “Painting helps my mind to relax, so I don’t stress and worry, but it also keeps me and my family connected to our country,” shares Kelly. Her artworks are a depiction of her childhood days. Kelly has passed down … read more

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