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Betty Mbitjana (Mpetyane) Paintings

Betty Mbitjana (Mpetyane) Paintings

Betty Mbitjana - Utopia Artist, Awelye - Body Paint Design from her mother Minnie Pwerle

Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mpetyane continues the tradition of Awelye Body Paint Designs that was closely identified with her mother, the great Utopia artist Minnie Pwerle. Minnie Pwerle’s ancestral Dreamings were “Awelye – Atnwengerrp” and “Bush Melon”, both of which are painted by Betty Mpetyane. The bold linear pattern of stripes and curves throughout these paintings represent the women’s ceremonial body paint design.

The old women still paint the ceremonial designs on their breasts, first with their fingers, and then with a brush called a typale, made from a stick. They paint with red and white ochres.  Then they dance, showing their legs – the old women dance with a ceremonial stick in the earth. The ancestral spirits of the country gave women’s ceremonies to the old women. The senior woman sings, then she gives that ceremony to the others, to keep it strong.

Betty Mpetyane learned the ceremonies and songs growing up on the Utopia homelands with her extended family and kinship group. Her family are well established in the Aboriginal art field, including her sister Barbara Weir and aunt Emily Pwerle. Betty rose to prominence in the years after her mother passed away in 2006, taking up the mantle and carrying the Awelye story forward. Betty Mpetyane lives at Alparra Community on the Utopia homelands.

The Utopia artists story has been one of great success, producing some of the best known Aboriginal artists in Australia, and bonding the clan groups together and further reinforcing their relationship with country and the ceremonies that define that relationship. A selection of paintings by Betty Mpetyane is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

Betty Mpetyane’s paintings have been included in a number of exhibitions at Japingka Gallery including-

2012   Heirs and Successors

2012   Little Gems

2012   Desert Gold

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Minnie Pwerle

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Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye

Jap 013043  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

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Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye

Jap 013083  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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Awelye Body Painting by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye Body Painting

Jap 014279  |  acrylic on canvas  |  88 x 60 cm

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Awelye – Body Paint by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye – Body Paint

Jap 010971  |  acrylic on canvas  |  183 x 149 cm

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Awelye – Body Paint by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye – Body Paint

Jap 010972  |  acrylic on canvas  |  148 x 135 cm

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Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye

Jap 009667  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Awelye & Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana   |  Awelye & Bush Melon

Jap 010320  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Awelye & Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye & Bush Melon

Jap 010318  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Awelye & Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye & Bush Melon

Jap 010319  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

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Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana   |  Awelye

Jap 010273  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 45 cm

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Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Bush Melon

Jap 009212  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 61 cm

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Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye

Jap 009668  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

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Awelye – Body Paint by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye – Body Paint

Jap 011830  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

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Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye

Jap 013048  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 60 cm

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Awelye and Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana   |  Awelye and Bush Melon

Jap 011859  |  acrylic in linen  |  90 x 75 cm

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Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye

Jap 013082  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 61 cm

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