Kathleen Petyarre – Bush Seeds (SOLD)

Kathleen Petyarre was born at Atnangkere, an important water soakage for Aboriginal people on the western boundary of Utopia Station, 150 miles north-east of Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory. She belongs to the Alyawarre/Eastern Anmatyerre clan and speaks Eastern Anmatyerre, with English as her second language.

In 1996 Kathleen was the winner of the 13th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Her considerable reputation as one of the most original indigenous artists has since been confirmed nationally and internationally by her regular inclusion in exhibitions at the most reputed museums and galleries.

Kathleen Petyarre is one of the most sought-after living Aboriginal artists. She has been repeatedly nominated by the influential journal Australian Art Collector as being among ‘the 50 most collectible artists in Australia’. She has several sisters who are also well-known artists, among them Gloria, Violet, Myrtle and Jeannie Petyarre. Kathleen’s works consistently show the highest degree of innovation and are in great demand and likely to fetch the highest prices at auction.

This painting depicts Kathleen Petyarre’s Bush seeds. It’s an aerial view of her father’s country, near Mosquito Bore on Utopia Station – approx 250km from Alice Springs.

The small dots throughout the painting represent a variety of seeds, which are an important food supply for the Aboriginal people. The seeds are also used to make bush medicine. The older women take the young girls to different places around Utopia to collect seeds from special plants.

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Bush Seeds


Kathleen Petyarre


120 x 72cm