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Yam Dreaming by Greeny Purvis Petyarre

Artist: Greeny Purvis Petyarre
Size: 180cm x 120cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
Code: 2304

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One of Greeny's highly colour charged pieces, depicting the root system of the bush yam plant and the colours of the wildflowers that spring forth after rain.

Unquestionably one of Greeny's finest works, reflecting quality and sophistication in both style, composition and size.

- exhibition excerpt

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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