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MB012331

Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard)

Violet Petyarre

Violet Petyarre

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Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
30 x 30cm
Year Painted
2001
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MB012331

Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard)

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Artist Profile

Violet Petyarre is sister to artists Kathleen, Gloria, Ada Bird, Nancy, Myrtle a…

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Violet Petyarre
Born:

c. 1938

Language Group:

Anmatyerre

Country:

Atnangkere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium:

Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects:

Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) Dreaming, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard)

Violet Petyarre is sister to artists Kathleen, Gloria, Ada Bird, Nancy, Myrtle and Jean Petyarre. Like the majority of her sisters, she was involved in the batik movement that established the women artists of Utopia. Her work is represented in the Holmes à Court collection. Violet usually paints the Mountain Devil Lizard (from her father's country), using strong linear patterns and colours.

COLLECTIONS
Artbank, Sydney, NSW
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
EXHIBITIONS
1988
The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1989
Utopia Women's Paintings, the first Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-1989, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1990
Utopia - A Picture Story, an Exhibition of 88 works on Silk by Utopian artists, Holmes à Court Collection, toured Eire and Scotland
1991
Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1992
Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1996
Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA
1996
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
1997
Songlines Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001
Mountain Devil Lizard, Arnkerrthe - Myrtle, Nancy and Violet Petyarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2001
Seven Sisters Petyarre, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2002-2004
Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions
2003
Seven Sisters, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2004-2006
Evolution of Utopia - opened by the Honorable Robert Hill, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2005
Small Wonders, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
REFERENCES
Desart
(2000) The Aboriginal Art Centres of Central Australia, Putting in the Colour - Contemporary Aboriginal Textiles, Jukurrpa Books (IAD Press) ©

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Artist Name, Artwork Size, Medium, Year Painted,

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Artist Name:
Violet Petyarre
Artwork Size:
30 x 30cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2001
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard)
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Description

Violet paints Awelye (Women's Ceremonial and Body Paint Designs) for Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard), a gentle little lizard that is covered in thorns. For added protection it is able to camouflage itself by changing its skin colour with its surroundings. The changing of skin colour is represented by the colours used in this painting. The Arnkerrthe is very sacred to Violet and the people of her country. In the Dreamtime, the Arnkerrthe travelled over Violet's land creating all of the people, sacred sites, songs and other Dreamtime stories.

Linear designs represent Awelye. These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. The women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.

Located at
Mbantua Warehouse