Elizabeth Mpetyane

Elizabeth Mpetyane

Elizabeth Mpetyane

Born: c. 1980

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ahalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Ahakeye (Bush Plum) Dreaming, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Bird, Painted Dancer

Elizabeth began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 2006. Her works represent the Dreamtime story of Ahakeye (bush plum) which is found in the desert. Elizabeth's father is Motorbike Paddy who also paints the Ahakeye. Not speaking much English, Elizabeth was encouraged to take up painting by her female family members including her mother, renowned artist Kathleen Ngale. Elizabeth resides in the Utopia Region and still participates in traditional ways of life and ceremonies to promote the Dreamtime of bush plum.
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT