120cm x 90cm
Artist: Jean Petyarre
Acrylic on Linen
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About The Painting - Yam Dreaming
The painting depicts the transition of seasons, referring to the flowers from the Pencil Yam plant.
The Aboriginal women from Utopia (The name Utopia was named when European immigrants began settling the Northern Territory. The region of Utopia is approximately 270 km north east of Alice Springs in central Australia) in Central Australia use digging sticks to gather the edible white root, which is an important food source (bush tucker).
The women also honour the spirit of the yam plant during Awelye ceremonies to ensure perpetual germination.
About The Artist - Jean Petyarre
Jeannie lives on Boundary Bore Outstation in the Utopia region Outstation with her family, husband Henry Long Kemarre and their six children. She is sister to Greeny Purvis Petyarre, senior elder at this outstation and Gloria Petyarre, another very well known Utopian painter.
In 1988, Jeannie Petyarre was part of the group who produced Batik work using desert design on silk and cotton. Jeannie was encouraged by her aunt, the famous Emily Kngwarreye to continue to paint her family's Yam Dreaming.
The subject of Jeannie's painting tends to revolve around representations of leaves collected around her country and used for a variety of medicinal purposes. In particular, she returns again and again to "Bush Yam Leaves" and “Bush Medicine Leaves", both of which themes show flowing representations of the leaves. Typical of Utopian artists, Jeannie rejoices in the use of colour.
In 1990, her work was chosen to be part of the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, which toured extensively and was featured in their book "Utopia - A Picture Story". All of Jeannie's Dreamtime stories come from the Alhalkere Country and are passed down to her from her father's side. Jeannie paints the Yam Seed, Yam Leaf, Yam Flower Dreamings, body paint, Mountain Devil Lizard and My Country Dreamings. Jeannie's tribal name is "Angiltha" which means little lizard.
Today, Jeannie Petyarre spends her time between her homeland at Utopia and in Alice Springs.
Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2020 Central Focus, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Top 20 Exhibition, Art Mob, Hobart
2019 Summer Show & Art Parade, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2019 Defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2011 Thinking outside the square, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009 Jeannie Petyarre: Medicine Leaves, Aboriginal Dreaming Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2008 Three Petyarres", Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2006 Cicada Trading, Paris
2006 Cicada Trading, Bahrain Art Society, The Kingdom of Bahrain
2006 Cicada Trading, Annual Clear Lake Exhibition of Aboriginal Paintings, Houston
2006 Cicada Trading, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2006 Cicada Trading, Dubai
2005 Cicada Trading, Milan
2005 Cicada Trading, Illayda, Istanbul
1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1990 A Picture Story exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopian artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings the first works on canvas
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