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Artist Profile

Trinity Bird Mpetyane Born: c. 1986 Language Group: Anmatyerre Country:…

Artist Profile

Trinity Bird Mpetyane

Born: c. 1986

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ilkawerne (El-go-an-na), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Subjects: Tyankern (Mulga Berries) Dreaming, Ntang Artety (Mulga Seed) Dreaming

Trinity Bird is the ninth child of Paddy and Eileen Bird, both well established artists. Along with his 10 siblings, parents and grandmother (Ada Bird Petyarre) he has painted for Mbantua Gallery, though not prolifically. His very first works on canvas were done in 2002.

Trinity paints the Mulga Seed Dreaming and Mulga Berries Dreaming which tell of the men collecting the seeds and berries that fall from the mistletoe on the Mulga Tree.


Mbantua Gallery Private Collection, Alice Springs

Further References

Latz, P. 1995, Bushfires & Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs


Artist: Trinity Bird Mpetyane

Size: 29 x 29cm (Frame)

      17 x 17cm (Painting)

Title: Tyankern (Mulga Berries) Dreaming

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

This original painting on canvas has been framed behind glass, ready for you to hang on your wall!

Tyankern (Mulga Berries) Dreaming

Trinity paints the story of the Tyankern. This is a very important story for Trinity that belongs to his country, Ilkawerne. This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Trinity from his father. The Tyankern is a sweet edible berry that belongs to a type of mistletoe (Lysiana spp.) found growing on the mulga tree. In the Dreamtime these two plants are one.

Dot work in the background symbolizes the different colours that the Tyankern go through during maturity. The lines represent sacred men's symbols related to this Dreaming.

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