Pencil Yam by Bessie Petyarre

Artist: Bessie Petyarre
Size: 30cm x 30cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Code: SP0265

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Atnwelarr, the pencil yam, and Kame, the seed of this plant, are the subject of Bessie’s painting. Specifically, dot work in this painting symbolises the seed.

In the Dreamtime, there are two parts to the pencil 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.

Artist

Name: Bessie Petyarre
Skin name: Petyarre (also spelled Pitjara)
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Alhalkere 
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Born: 1971

  • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Background colour: Black
  • Size of painting: 30cm x 30cm
  • Border: Approx 6cm strip of black canvas
  • This painting comes unstretched and rolled in a tube.
  • This painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and artist profile.

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