Lindsay Bird Mpetyane

Lindsay Bird Mpetyane
1945 ()

Country: Ilkawerne, Utopia Region
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Anmatyerre


Lindsay is an important tribal leader in the Utopia District and is the headman at Mulga Bore Outstation. Married to Mavis Petyarre, they have three daughters, Rosie, Jessie and Karen Bird. Lindsay was the only male to participate in the silk batik project at Utopia in the 1980's. He started painting in 1987 with other men and women of his camp. Lindsay's paintings are both iconic and linear. He uses traditional symbols with background dotting of ochre yellow, red, black and white, or paints his Spear Straightening paintings with straight lines. He is also known for under painting the canvas usually in grey or ochre making his paintings quite distinct. 


1989, (first solo exhibitions) Utopia Arts, Sydney
1990, "Utopia: A Picture Story" - travelling exhibition Dublin, Cork, Limerick, UK
1991, "Flash Pictures", National Gallery of Australia
1992, (series of canvases) touring Italy and Japan
1993, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1994, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1999, "Spirit Country", Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA
1999, 2000, 2002, Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
2003, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs 
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth 
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth 
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA 
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

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