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Greeny Purvis Petyarre

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About Greeny Purvis Petyarre

Nephew of the renowned artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Greeny Purvis Petyarre was born in around 1930 and grew up to become a high ranking tribal elder of his country, Alhalkere, in the Utopia region of Central Australia. 

As a painter, he was renowned as an innovative artist. His paintings predominately depicted the Yam Seed Dreaming and his most recognised works were those that depicted the root system of the yam beneath the ground, tending to be highly colour charged lines and employed slowly and delicately creating variations in each individual line. White dots applied with the flat end of bamboo satay sticks framed each line and represented the ever significant yam seed, kameThe colours Greeny used usually indicated different stages in the development of the yam seed from germination to maturity.

These paintings were highly sought after by collectors and galleries around the world. Regardless of what style he painted over the years however, his works appeared to reflect his unpretentious personality, the quiet enduring leader, and respectful gentleman. 

Greeny passed away on the 3rd of May 2010 and left behind his wife, Kathleen Purvis, daughters Judy, Maureen, Jedda and Jennifer, his granddaughter Katrina Greeny and many extended family.

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Lost Legends Exhibition | 3 Feb - 31 Mar 2017