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Peggy Purvis Mpetyane

Untitled (Women's Ceremony) - 1989

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
151.0 x 122.0 cm
EST. $3,000 - $4,000

MP #734


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 150
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings

Anmatyerre artist Peggy Purvis was born at Utopia in the Northern Territory and became involved with the batik workshops organised in the late 1970s and early 1980s organised by CAAMA. These became the impetus for the painting movement in the Eastern Desert region.


Peggy has painted in a variety of styles over the years and many of her works have been collected by important institutions in Australia and overseas. Most recently she has painted captivating and inspiring landscapes with intricate dotting in a very contemporary style. However at the beginning of her long career she created works in which figuration was embedded in a traditional matrix such as is seen in this work. This work dates back to the very first exhibitions of Utopia paintings in 1989, the year Utopia's most famous artist, Emily Kngwarreye, painted her first works.

Peggy Purvis has painted a variety of Dreamings over the years, including Kangaroo, Pumpkin, and 'bush tucker'. This work shows women camping out bush and collecting bush tucker. The perspective is slightly elevated but not aerial as are most of the desert paintings from this region. The striated lines around the encampment are the surrounding sandhills.