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MB019000

Yerrampe (Honey Ant) Dreaming

Medium
Acrylic on Linen
Size
150 x 90cm
Year Painted
2003
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Yerrampe (Honey Ant) Dreaming

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Artist Profile

Billy Morton Petyarre Born: c. 1921 Deceased: 2007 Language Group: Alyaw…

Artist Profile

Billy Morton Petyarre

Born: c. 1921

Deceased: 2007

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Wood Carving

Subjects: Country, Yerrampe (Honey Ant), Tyape (Witchetty Grub)

Billy Morton Petyarre started painting in 1989. He was a committed artist who had his first solo exhibition just two years later in 1991 in Sydney, NSW. One of the first artists in the Utopia region to begin wood carving, he has since gone on to become an acclaimed artist and leading sculptor, where his works have featured in many public and private collections and exhibitions around the world.

Billy usually painted about his Honey Ant (Yerrampe) and Witchetty Grub (Tyape) Dreamings. His paintings depicted many of the ancient design elements associated with these stories that come from Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr country, just North of Utopia. Concentric circles were used to represent significant sacred sites, locations and water holes, where background dotting reflected designs for all the stories from his Ngkwarlerlaneme country.

The honey ant and the witchetty grub are both very much favoured foods of desert aborigines. Billy saw his art as playing a significant role in teaching their stories to the younger generation of men in his community, along with all other traditional dreamings; a duty he took very seriously indeed as he was the traditional owner of his country. He used to share this ownership with Left Hand Sam Uramba (dec).

A very spiritual man, who held true to the ancient laws and customs of his ancestors according to the traditions of his people, he lived in Arnkawenyerr with his wives, Mary Morton and Katie Kemarre, whom are also both established artists. Between both wives, Billy had nine children who have all shown an interest in art themselves, following in the footsteps of their artist parents.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Exhibitions

1991 Utopia Arts, Sydney, NSW
2004 'Father's of Utopia', Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Knoxville, Tennessee
2004 The Utopia Men, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs

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Artist Name:
Billy Morton Petyarre
Artwork Size:
150 x 90cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Linen
Year Painted:
2003
Title:
Yerrampe (Honey Ant) Dreaming
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on linen will be shipped in a cylinder to you free of charge, worldwide! An option to have this painting 'stretched' onto a wooden frame may be available. If selected, further charges will apply and will be calculated at checkout.

Description

Billy's painting illustrates the design elements associated with the Honey Ant Story from Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkewenyerra country north of Utopia. The concentric circles represent significant sights/water holes associated with the stories from his country.

Located at
Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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