Lindsay Bird Mpetyane was born circa 1935 at Mulga Bore near Utopia, Northern Territory. He is a respected elder and tribal leader of the Anmatyerre tribe and worked as a shepherd and stockman for many years.
Lindsay, along with a number of women at Utopia, was introduced to painting in 1977, when Yipati, a Pitjantjatjara artist from Ernabella and Suzie Bryce, a craft instructor, taught them how to paint on silk batik. Later, Jenny Green and Julia Murray would supply materials, training and encouragement.
With up to 80 members at a time, the Utopia Women’s Batik Group became an essential source of inspiration for the artists, and its tremendous success both in Australia and overseas led to another successful project introduced in 1988, in which the artists were to paint on primed, stretched canvas. Lindsay, and many of the women, took to the new medium with ease and enthusiasm, finding it more exciting to work with than the silk and batik techniques they had hitherto used. Lindsay was the only male to participate in the important Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) community projects which resulted in the works being exhibited at the S.H.Erwin Gallery in Sydney and several other notable galleries across Australia. It was the beginning of the Utopian Art Movement, and it was impressive enough to gain international attention with ‘Utopia – A Picture Story, 88 silk batiks from the Holmes a Court Collection’, which toured throughout Australia and then onto Scotland and Ireland in 1990.
This piece was painted in 1998 and is 120cm x 90cm in size.
As a senior law man, Lindsay can depict many themes of men’s law in his paintings. His Dreamings include ‘Çharpa’ (Honey Ant), Bush Plum, Men’s Ceremony, Yam Dreaming and Snake Dreaming. Lindsay’s artworks are often large and imposing with a distinctive boldness of colour selection and harmonious design.
Lindsay lives a traditional lifestyle with his wife Mavis and their three daughters, maintaining strong links with their land values and ceremony.
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.