Joy Kngwarreye ( Born 1958 )

Joy Kngwarreye ( Born 1958 )

1900 to 2000 Australia , Aboriginal

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Joy Kngwarreye ( Born 1958 )
‘Arlkwa Tree’ 1989
Synthetic polymer powder paint on canvas

Size: 152 cm high, 91.5 cm wide – 59¾ ins high, 36ins wide
Provenance: Purchased 7th December 1989, Gallery Gabrielle, Melbourne by an English Private collector
Painted at Utopia station by Joy Kngwarreye of the Alyawarre tribe, this painting is of an Arklkwa tree, its flowers, roots and leaves and an eagle-hawk. In the centre of the canvas sit two women grinding the edible Arlkwa seeds on a stone.

Utopia is an Aboriginal owned cattle property north west of Alice Springs which has fourteen outstations. Each is an independent family controlled community living a traditional hunting and gathering lifestyle utilizing selected modern technology. The women of Utopia began painting on canvas in 1958 but they had been producing batik for several years previously and the influence of these designs can be seen in this painting.

Height 152.00 cm (59.84 inches)
Width 91.50 cm (36.02 inches)
Synthetic polymer powder paint on canvas
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