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My Country

Delvine Petyarre Exhibition

Delvine Petyarre

My Country

Delvine Petyarre is an Aboriginal artist, born in the Alice Springs hospital, who has a deep connection to her ancestral country, Alhalkere. 

 

Growing up in Boundary Bore and attending the local school there, Delvine is part of a family that includes two sisters, artists Anna Price and Joy Petyarre, as well as two brothers, Alan and Steven Petyarre. Both of her parents, Michael Kngwarreye and Glory Ngale, have passed away and artist Motorbike Paddy is brother to Glory.

 

On a recent visit to the Mbantua Gallery, Delvine and Joy Petyarre discovered Motorbike Paddy's paintings on the walls, recognizing him and stating “He is my uncle!!”. This connection to family and ancestral ties plays a significant role in Delvine's life and art.

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Delvine's artistic expression revolves around her story titled "My Country." 

 

In this narrative that she shares with her sister, Anna Price, the painting vividly portrays elements of the Alhalkere landscape, including sandhills, rivers, bush flowers and waterholes.

 

 Delvine's depiction of circle designs in her art symbolizes waterholes, often dry but filled with water after rainfall. Delvine shares that these waterholes are not only a vital source of sustenance but also places where the community can enjoy swimming and other activities.

 
The influence of her two older sisters, Anna Price and Joy Petyarre, both renowned artists in their own right, is evident in Delvine's work. Their artistic legacy has inspired her artwork, color selection and intricate dotting techniques, which she masterfully incorporates into her paintings.

 

Her artistic technique is meticulous, characterized by fine dotwork crafted with precision and reverence. Using a small applicator bottle and needle, Delvine creates intricate patterns that echo the ancient traditions of her people, preserving their cultural heritage with every place of her dotwork.

 

Despite her quiet demeanor, Delvine's art speaks volumes, resonating with the spirit of her ancestors and the timeless beauty of the Australian outback. Through her paintings, she invites viewers into a world of wonder and reverence, where the land whispers its secrets and the soul finds solace in the embrace of nature's bounty.

Delvine, accompanied by her sister Joy, recently had the opportunity to visit her exhibition at Mbantua Gallery, providing a unique and personal connection between the artist, her artwork and the audience. Delvine's artwork adorns the walls, each piece a testament to her deep connection to her Alhalkere country and the stories she shares through her art.

Delvine shyly shares the inspiration behind her paintings with Tim, sharing stories of her upbringing in Boundary Bore, her family ties and the significance of her country, Alhalkere.

 

For Tim, the conversation provided a deeper understanding of Delvine's artistic vision and cultural significance, enriching his appreciation for her work and its place within the broader landscape of Indigenous Australian art.

 

For Delvine, the visit to Mbantua Gallery is more than just an exhibition - it's an opportunity to celebrate her heritage and share her passion for storytelling through art. 

 

With Tim's support and the admiration of gallery visitors, her journey as an Aboriginal artist continues to flourish, leaving an indelible mark on the world of contemporary art.

 
 

Exhibition Artworks Available