Joy Purvis Petyarre - BUSH YAM SEEDS JP1870

Joy Purvis Petyarre Bush Yam Seeds Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas JP1870


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Artist: Joy Purvis Petyarre
Skin Name: Pitjarra (Petyarre)
Born: c.1962
Region: Utopia
Language: Anmatyerre 
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Pencil Yam Seeds Dreaming.



Joy Pitjara was born in Boundary Bore, Utopia. She is the daughter of well known artist Glory Ngarla (deceased) and sister to very famous Anna Price Petyarre. Born in famous artist family, Joy learned working with batik in her early

age from her mother and later started painting on canvas with acrylic paints. Using a fine dotting technique with subtle shades of colour, Joy depicts the stories such as the Bush Tobacco Plant and Yam Dreamings.



  • 1981 Adelaide Festival of Arts
  • 1996 Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
  • 1990 Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
  • 1994 Brahma Tirta Sari Batik Studio, Joogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 1998 Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne



  • Holmes a Court Collection, Perth; Artbank


SOURCE: Birnberg, M & Kreczmanski, JB 2004, Aboriginal artists dictionary of biographies: Western Desert, Central Desert and Kimberley Region, 1st edn., JB Publishing, Marleston.

Small colourful circles in the artwork represent seeds of bush yam plant. These seeds are grinded by aboriginal women to make dough which in turn is used to make bread.


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