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Yam Dreaming by Greeny Purvis Petyarre

Artist: Greeny Purvis Petyarre
Size: 270cm x 120cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
Code: 13671

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This oversized piece is sure to make a spectacular feature to any place it decides to call home. Viewers are at first attracted by the work’s size, and its mesmeric uneven bands of ochre.

The work emanates warmth and sophistication. A traditional and astounding example of Greeny's earliest Yam Dreaming paintings.

Atnwelarr, the pencil yam, and Kame, its seed, are the subject of this painting.

In the Dreamtime, there are two parts to this yam story. Two different seeds were born that created two different species of yam; one called Atnwelarr which belongs to Alhalkere and Atnangkere countries, and the other called Arlatyeye which belongs to Arnumarra country.

Dots in this painting symbolise the seed while repetitious lines represent the root system (the yams) beneath the ground. 


Name: Greeny Purvis
Skin name: Petyarre (also spelled Pitjara)
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Alhalkere
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Born: c. 1930
Dec: 2010
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  • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
  • Size of painting: 270cm x 120cm with approx 5cm edges
  • Background colour: Black


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