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MB041148

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

Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
30 x 30cm
Year Painted
2009
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MB041148

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

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Artist Profile

Myrtle Petyarre Born: c. 1930 Deceased: 2014 Language Group: Anmatyerre …

Artist Profile

Myrtle Petyarre

Born: c. 1930

Deceased: 2014

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Atnangkere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard), Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs), Akatyerre (Bush Tomato)

Myrtle Petyarre is sister to Ada, Gloria, Nancy, Kathleen, Violet and Jean Petyarre. Like her sisters, Myrtle paints Mountain Devil Lizard – Arnkerrthe which is one of the dreamings from Atnangkere and Alhalkere country.

Myrtle was involved with the Utopia Women's Batik group since its inception in the early 70's. Her work is represented in 'A Picture Story' a project initiated by CAAMA in the late 80's. She began painting on canvas in 1988 with CAAMA's Summer Project.

She is known for her bold linear patterns, illustrating body paint designs for the Mountain Devil Lizard Story.

Collections

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

University of Queensland, Anthropology Museum, St Lucia

Exhibitions

1984 The First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1985 The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1986 The Third National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1988 The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works On Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1990 Utopia A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1994 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2001 Mountain Devil Lizard – Arnkerrthe, Myrtle Petyarre, Nancy Petyarre and Violet Petyarre, July Exhibition: Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2001 Seven Sisters Petyarre: Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane
2002 Seven Sisters, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR
2003 Seven Sisters, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery', Portland OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Greenwich, Connecticut
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2005 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2005 'Small Wonders', Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill

Further References

Brody, A. 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Work on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89., cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth
Brody, A. 1990 Utopia, a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd Perth
Desart the Aboriginal art centres of Central Australia, 2000, Putting in the Colour – Contemporary Aboriginal Textiles, Jukurrpa Books (IAD Press) ©2000

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Artist Name:
Myrtle Petyarre
Artwork Size:
30 x 30cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2009
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard)
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on canvas 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

The curvilinear pattern throughout Myrtle's painting represents Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs) for the Arnkerrthe Dreamtime story. This story belongs to the people from Atnangkere and Alhalkere country in the Utopia region, northeast of Alice Springs.

The women smear their bodies with animal fat then trace these patterns onto their 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 as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Their songs relate to the ancestral travels of the Mountain Devil Lizard as it makes the long journey north to Waramugu country, carrying the ochre for body paint in the small sac on the back of its neck.

The Mountain Devil Lizard has the ability to camouflage itself by changing colours. The traditional colours used for ceremony are ochre red, yellow and white.

Located at
Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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