Artists / Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)

Country:    Alaphere, NT

Language Group:     Anmatyerre
Born: c. 1945

Betty is married to Paddy Club and is the fourth of seven children of one of Australia’s most famous and successful Aboriginal artists, the late Minnie Pwerle who passed away in 2008.  (Two of Betty’s sisters died and are no longer spoken of).  Betty’s father is Aboriginal artist ‘Motorcar’ Jim Ngala and her half sister is artist Barbara Weir (Minnie’s first child, by Australian station owner Jack Weir). Betty is also cousin of leading Aboriginal artists, the Petyarre sisters.

Betty, like her mother, has lived her entire life in her tribal lands - Ahalpere country is part of the region know as Utopia (named by German settlers in the 1920’s) that covers an area of approximately 5,000 square kilometers, the heart of which is located approximately 300 km north east of Alice Springs.  She was involved with the Batik movement in the 1970’s at Utopia and has been painting ever since.  Her Dreaminings are the Bush Plum & Bush Melon from her father’s country.  Since the passing of her mother, Betty also paints the same design elements associated with Minnie Pwerle.  She incorporates all three of her mothers Dreamtime stories – Awely (women’s ceremony); Anemangkerr (Bush Melon) and Akarley (Wild Orange into paintings that represent her Mothers Country of Atnwengerrp, and signify her Mothers Story. 

Betty is very respectful of her family ties and is honoured to be carrying on her mother’s beliefs and Dreamings.  Betty is a passionate and talented artist who works her colours brilliantly onto the canvas in an energetic style that is reminiscent of her famous mother’s. Betty continues to skilfully interpret and evolve her own style and is now a highly collectable artist in her own right, with her works increasing rapidly in popularity and value. 

Collections

Holmes a Court Collection

Publications/Exhibitions:

‘Utopia - A Picture Story’.

Works

Awelye - Mothers Story 2016 by Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)

Awelye - Mothers Story

Acrylic on Canvas. Stretch Framed.

110 x 94 cm

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Awelye 2016 by Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)

Awelye

Acrylic on Canvas. Stretch Framed

87 x 47 cm

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Awelye (Body Paint) 2016 by Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)

Awelye (Body Paint)

Acrylic on Linen. Stretch Framed

62 x 62 cm

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My Mothers Story - ON SALE NOW $450 2011 by Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)

My Mothers Story - ON SALE NOW $450

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

71 x 71 cm

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My Mothers Story 2011 by Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)

My Mothers Story

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

149 x 195 cm

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My Mothers Story 2010 by Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)

My Mothers Story

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

71 x 71 cm

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My Mothers Story 2009 by Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)

My Mothers Story

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

149 x 152 cm

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My Mothers Story 2009 by Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)

My Mothers Story

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

71 x 71 cm

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