Greeny Purvis Petyarre

Greeny Purvis Petyarre

Greeny Purvis Petyarre

Born: 1930

Deceased: 2010

Language Group: Anmatyerre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam) and Kame (Seed), Emu and Kangaroo Dreaming, Men's Story

Greeny Purvis Petyarre, apart from being a very high ranking tribal elder in Utopia, was also the nephew of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. His father, Alhalkere Jack, Lindsay Bird's mother and Emily are all blood brothers and sisters. Greeny was married to Kathleen Kemarre and had four daughters.
Greeny's paintings, usually Yam Seed Dreamings, are highly sought after by collectors and galleries throughout the world. Very rarely did he digress from the basic colours, and he painted with the use of lines, medium size dots and very small dots. On occasion he had been known to use very large, splash type dot work during a period of collaborations with Emily Kame Kngwarreye (Greeny being the eldest nephew).
The colours usually indicate different stages, seasons or time e.g. Yam Seed Dreaming - before germinating, after germinating, when bearing fruit and sometimes after it has borne fruit. His paintings appeared to reflect his unpretentious personality - quietly unassuming but with that feeling of endurance and respect.
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
Dreamings, DACOU Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Utopia: Contemporary Aboriginal Works, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy
Artists of Utopia, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
Anmatyerre Men, World Vision Walkabout, Sydney, NSW
Light Over Utopia, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions
Addison Road Gallery, Marrickville, NSW
The Utopia Men, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Yam Dreaming - Atnwelarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Small Wonders, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Evolution of Utopia - opened by the Honorable Robert Hill, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT