Large, wall-ready acrylic on canvas painting in the traditional style, 40" by 58 1/2", (101 cm. by 149 cm.), not framed, by the noted Australian aboriginal artist from the Utopia Station region, ADA BIRD PETYARRE (born circa 1930, passed away 2010). This appears to be one of her largest works. Petyarre, one of the so-called "Petyarre Sisters", all of whom are/were artistically active, began painting in the late 1970's. By the late 1980's and early 1990's she had already received critical recognition for her colorful, complex designs, which feature various Dreaming subjects, Awelye body paint designs, and Arnkerrthe images (Mountain Devil Lizard). From the 1990's into about 2002, exhibitions of her work took place in Sydney, Canberra and Alice Springs. A 2004 stroke put an end to her artistic endeavors, but, happily, enough paintings were produced over the several decade production span, that they now appear with some frequency at auction in Europe, Australia and America. In the past, some of her works reached approximately $27,000 at auction, another, $17,000. The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and the National Gallery include her works in their permanent collections. This painting is in mint condition and awaits a special display wall. The work is signed on the stretcher and numerous reference numbers originally assigned to it remain, as shown. Due to size considerations, shipping back to Australia or anywhere outside the USA could be very expensive, so please email me to discuss.
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