Wendy Kunoth Mpetyane (Purvis)


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Born: 1948

Deceased: 2007

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ilkawerne (El-go-an-na), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk,

Subjects: Tyankern (Mulga Berries), Ngkwerlp (Wild Tobacco), Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Alpar (Rat-tail Plant), Bush Potato, Country

Wendy was involved with the Utopia Women's Batik group between the late seventies and eighties, and started painting on canvas in the early nineties followed by her carvings of wooden sculptures in the late nineties. She is not a prolific artist but comes from a strong family of traditional artists.

Wendy painted 'Women's Ceremony' and associated body paint designs, and women's stories to do with the collection of food. Her sculptures are usually of animals and figures with body paint design. Two main stories that are commonly found in her paintings are the Tobacco and the Rat-tail Plant.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Exhibitions

2001 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, Australia
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery,Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery'Portland, Oregon; Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, Tennessee; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland Oregon; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Hartford, Connecticut
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
2005 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs