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Petrina Dale Bedford / Arawadi and Wandjinas (1A)

107cm x 70cm Acrylic on Canvas



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Petrina Bedford was born in Derby, WA in 1998 and is a third generation West Kimberley artist. Both her grandfathers – Jack Dale Mengenen (maternal) and Paddy Bedford (paternal) were celebrated Indigenous Kimberley artists (now deceased).

Petrina’s mother, Edna Dale, is a senior artist and Petrina and her mother often paint side by side. Petrina was only 12 when her first artworks were included in an exhibition at Japingka Gallery in Perth alongside the works of her mother and grandfather. An incredible achievement for such a young artist.

Petrina is the oldest of eight children to her parents Edna and Lance – seven girls and a boy. Petrina is Gija skin on her father’s side and Ngarinyin on her mother’s side. She lives with her family at Imintji Community, 230km east of Derby along the Gibb River Road, where her mother is Chairperson.

Petrina was extremely close to her late grandfather Jack Dale who encouraged her to paint from a young age. Painting allowed Jack to pass on the stories of his country which relate to the Wandjina rock art of the West Kimberley.

Now in her early twenties, Petrina is an established artist in her own right with an incredible talent and, we believe, an amazing career in front of her. Most definitely an artist to watch out for in the future.


Wandjina’s are our God. He is the creator, we believe the Wandjina’s made the dreamtime stories and he is also the Rainmaker. All Wandjinas have large eyes and no mouth.

The other figures are Arawadi. They are warriors and they are painted into the caves at Bell Gorge. My grandfather (Jack Dale Mengenen) painted them too. They came from Warmun area (East Kimberley). They were greedy for country, they wanted to take Ngarinyin country for themselves. The Ngarinyin Wandjina Amalarr said ‘no.’ Then he called all the other Wandjinas to come and help fight the Arawadi. The Wandjinas won the fight. Amalarr took away their spears and swallowed the warriors!

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