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Anwekety (Conkerberry) by Polly Ngale

150cm x 120cm

Ethically sourced and 100% original

Dots in this painting represent anwekety (conkerberries), its Dreaming story belonging to Polly's country, Ahalpere. Conkerberries are a favoured sweet black berry. They only grow on the plant (Carissa lanceolata) for a few weeks of the year, however the Ahalpere people would collect plenty of them and store them dry, soaking them in water again before being consumed. The conkerberry tree is a tangled, spiny shrub that can grow up to 2m high. After rain fragrant white flowers bloom. It also bares medicinal properties.

  • This painting comes unstretched and rolled in a tube. We are happy to help you find a framer in your area and help coordinate it to make it as easy as possible for you. Please contact us.
  • Size of painting: Approx 150cm x 120cm
  • Border: Approx 6cm strip of black canvas border; enough required for wrapping around a 2cm or 3cm stretcher frame which is the popular choice for framing Aboriginal art.
  • Material: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • This painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Polly Ngale
Skin name: Ngale 
Language group: Anmatyerre 
Country: Ahalpere 
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Born: c. 1936 

Polly Ngale is considered one of the most accomplished painters to have come from Utopia. As with many Utopia women, Polly was first introduced to the medium of batik in the late 1980's before commencing painting in the 1990's. Now an elder in her community, Polly’s paintings portray the Anwekety (Conkerberry) Dreaming, of which she and sister Kathleen Ngale are senior custodians.

Like Kathleen, Polly creates her paintings by superimposing layers of dots to create multi-dimensional patterns of colour. Her paintings are borne from an intimate knowledge of country and ancestral journey. 

Her artwork has appeared in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award since 2003. Her honourable mention as a 2004 finalist was followed by representation at the Contemporary Art Fair in Paris at the Grand Palais Champs Elysees. Polly was also exhibited in the exhibition Emily Kngwarreye and her Legacy at the Hillside Forum Daikanyama Tokyo in 2008 alongside fellow Utopian Emily Kame Kngwarreye's work. 

Catalogue: UL018135

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