Dora Mpetyane


Born: 1965

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Alhalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Subjects: My Mother’s Awelye (Women’s Ceremony) Story, Ahakeye (Bush Plum), Awelye (Women’s Ceremony and Body Paint Designs)

Dora began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 2003. She paints the story of the Ahakeye (Bush Plum) Dreaming and the Bush Berry Dreaming, as well as her mother’s story, Awelye (Women’s Ceremony), as does her sister, Betty Mpetyane – a well-known and respected artist from the Utopia region. Dora is the daughter of Minnie Pwerle and has four children herself.

Initially Dora worked in the medium of batik along with over eighty other women from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. Her work in batik is featured in “Utopia – A Picture Story”.

Barbara Weir is Dora’s older sister. With the influences of Barbara, Betty and Minnie, Dora will undoubtedly share her artistic influences for many years to come.

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