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    Our vibrant and dynamic artists are from the Utopia region; a large remote area of Central Australia which, until recently, had no government funded art centre. As a result of their pioneering efforts, they have one of the strongest and richest art histories.

  • Bush Plum Dreaming by Lindsay Bird (SOLD)

    120cm x 90cm

    Shop current artworks by Lindsay Bird Mpetyane

    Unlike many of Lindsay's Bush Plum Dreaming paintings, this piece is only painted with red ochre and white paint. Black or charcoal is an important colour associated with the Bush Plum Dreaming and usually found adorning his Bush Plum Dreaming paintings. Often it distinguishes the Bush Plum Dreaming from other Dreaming in symbolism due to the inherent colour of its fruit.

    On the flip side, Lindsay says that yellow ochre is often the distinguishing colour for the Mulga Seed Dreaming, another very significant Dreaming belonging to Lindsay's country. The lack of yellow ochre, therefore, in this painting can distinguish it as Bush Plum Dreaming.

    The centre line in this painting is symbolic of songlines (or travelling lines) of the Ilkawerne people associated with this story. Concentric circles represent the site of the Bush Plum trees, an important tree because of the berries it produces. This fruit is favoured for its sweet taste and, like many desert berries, can be reconstituted in water if dry.The red ochre circles represent the fruit that has fallen from the trees.

    Men are depicted through U shaped symbols,and white dots are equally symbolic in the background as they depict the white flowers that grow on the Bush Plum tree.

    This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Lindsay from his father.

    Artist: Lindsay Bird
    Skin name: Mpetyane (also spelled Mbitjana)
    Language group: Anmatyerre
    Country: Ilkawerne
    Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
    Born: c. 1942
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      • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
      • Size of painting: 120cm x 90cm
      • Size of linen border: Approx 8cm
      • Background colour: Black