Australia's Premier Collection of Utopia Art
Established in 1989 by Donald and Janet Holt, Delmore Gallery is situated 250km northeast of Alice Springs. Northern Territory, Australia. The Holt’s property, Delmore Downs lies close to Utopia, a cattle station which has been under the management of traditional Aboriginal owners since the mid 1970’s.
Don Holt began to collect Indigenous Australian art from Hermansberg in 1966 then from the Papunya artists in 1971. The Holts initially purchased Batiks from Utopia from 1978 to 1988. In 1988 they began commissioning and buying contemporary Aboriginal art from the Utopia region, nurturing the talent of Utopia artist Emily Kngwarreye from 1989 until her death in 1996. In this time, it is estimated that she produced around 3,400 paintings, almost half of which were commissioned by Delmore Downs. Emily chose to live at Delmore for the last months of her life – a gesture that stands as a testament to her long standing relationship with Donald Holt, which linked back to his grandparents.
Delmore Gallery now represents a distinguished and talented list of emerging and acclaimed Utopia Artists. In an industry blighted by lesser imitations, the Delmore name on the back of an ‘Emily’ canvas, is recognised as one of the best provenances available, emphasised by the Holts’ relationship with major Auction Houses and the State and National Galleries of Australia.