Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) by Nancy Kunoth Petyarre

Artist: Nancy Kunoth Petyarre
Size: 90cm x 90cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on belgian linen
Code: 9878

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A warm and earthy dot painting in traditional colours, this painting is as unique as you can get. The artist, the late Nancy Kunoth Petyarre, was one of seven renowned Petyarre sisters who painted the Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming. The dots and colours are symbolic of the skin on the back of this thorny but gentle little lizard. A style sadly lost and no longer painted.

- exhibition excerpt

The fine dot work throughout this painting represents the thorny skin of the Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard). The Arnkerrthe is a gentle little lizard that is covered in thorns. For added protection it is able to camouflage itself by changing its skin colour with its surroundings.

This changing of skin colour is represented in this painting by the colours used; red and black are Arnkerrthe at night time and yellow and white are Arnkerrthe during the day time.  

The Arnkerrthe is very sacred to Nancy and the people of Atnangkere country. In the Dreamtime, the Arnkerrthe travelled over Nancy’s land creating all of the people, sacred sites, songs and other Dreamtime stories. 

‘Little lizard put the stories for we mob, for man and woman’ - Gloria Petyarre.  

Name: Nancy Kunoth
Skin name: Petyarre (also spelled Pitjara)
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Atnangkere
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Born: c. 1934
Dec: 2009
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  • This painting comes unstretched and rolled in a tube.
  • Size of painting: 90cm x 90cm
  • Background colour: Black
  • Linen border: Approx 2cm strip of black border designed to be wrapped around a 2cm deep stretcher frame. Plus approx 6cm of natural coloured linen overhang.
  • This painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticityand artist profile.

This painting comes unstretched and rolled in a tube.

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