Glory Ngarla ‘04950’

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Dreaming: Bush Berry Dreaming

Size: 123cm x 121cm

Year: 1999

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Glory Ngarla was born c.1940. Her language was Anmatyerre and her country Atnangkerre. Glory was a senior woman from Utopia, the younger sister of Motor Car Jim Ngarla (Minnie Pwerle’s husband).

Her children are the artists Anna, Joy and Steven Petyarre. She was Gloria Petyarre’s aunt.

Glory was brought up at Boundary Bore (Atneltye). Glory began as a significant batik artist, and her work was included in a major 1988 exhibition and subsequent publication, “Utopia – A picture story” (Anne Marie Brody, 1990). The eighty eight batik works were to be kept together as a cultural record, and included works by Emily Kngwarreye and Ada Bird.

She sadly passed away in 2002.

Artwork Information

This piece was painted in 1999 and is 123cm x 121cm in size.

This artwork is stretched.


When the Utopia women were introduced to acrylics in 1988, Glory transferred her intricate designs to canvas, painting expressive interpretations of her dreamings, Bush Berry, Bush Plum (Anwekety), Yam and Body Paint.

The Bush Plum or Conkerberry (Carissa lanceolata) is known as Anwekety in Anmatyerre. It is a small fruit that grows on a shrub up to 3m tall. The fruit changes colour with the season from green to black, and only appears for a few weeks a year; however the women often dry the fruits, reconstituting them later by soaking them in water.

Bush Plum also has antibacterial qualities. *An extract from the bark is used to treat toothache and clean sores and to treat respiratory infections. The women collect and scatter seeds from the plant to encourage regeneration.

Glory’s vibrant, cheerful personality is evident in her confident use of bright, strong colour. This is best demonstrated by her Bush Berry paintings, where Glory makes rectangles with deft strokes of different sized brushes in bright, floral colours, overlaying them with smaller rectangles, repeating the colours in blocks to produce a vibrant harmony.

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All the artwork provided is done on with highest quality linen canvas, acrylic paints, oils and brushes ensuring the longevity of each piece of work.

Additional information

Weight 1.0 kg
Dimensions 123 × 121 cm



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