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Jennifer Purvis Kngwarreye / Yam Seed Dreaming (1A)

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Linen

SKU: L25


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Jennifer Purvis was born in 1965 and is the youngest daughter to the late Greeny Purvis Petyarre and Kathleen Kemarre. Greeny was an international artist and senior custodian for Alhalkere country. Jennifer’s Great Aunt is the late Emily Kngwarreye – arguably Australia’s most famous aboriginal artist. They have assisted and instructed Jennifer both culturally and artistically.

Jennifer is a naturally talented artist and is without a doubt one of the shining lights of the younger generation of Aboriginal artists.  Jennifer was involved with the Utopia Batik movement and her work features in the prestigious Holmes á Court collection. 

Selected Collections
• The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
• Mbantua Gallery Private Collection, Alice Springs
Selected Exhibitions
• Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works On Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
• Utopia- A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland
• Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A
• ‘The Cove Gallery’ Portland, Oregon U.S.A • Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon U.S.A
• Mary’s Woods, Portland, Oregon U.S.A
Aug-Sep 2004
• Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Knoxville, Tennessee
March 2005
• Yam Dreaming – Atnwelarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T

Jennifer paints the Desert Yam (or Bush Plum) story from her family’s country. The yam grows underground with its viny shrub growing above ground up to one metre high. It is normally found on Spinifex sand plains and produces large flowers after summer rain. The yam is a tuber, or swollen root, of the shrub and tastes much like the common sweet potato. It can be eaten raw or cooked and is still a staple food for the desert aborigines where it can be harvested at any time of the year. It is also renowned for its medicinal properties. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and as an insect repellent. In this painting, Jennifer depicts the seeds of the yam paying homage to the spirit of this special plant in the hope that it will regenerate.

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