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Founded in 1994, Galeria Aniela won the trust of some of the most important artist from the post WWII until today. We built successful reputation in the World and Australia selling top-quality artworks of impeccable provenance. We manage the first transfer of ownership from the artist to the buyer, shipping worldwide artworks by Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal artists including Arthur Boyd, Jamie Boyd, Lenore Boyd, John Perceval, John Olsen, Charles Blackman, Billy Stockman, Mrs. Bennett, Ningura Napurrula, Stephen Glassborow and many more.

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Eileen Bird Nungari Petyarre B.1956

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Eileen Bird is a well-known Australian artist, born into a family of renowned artists that includes Gloria Mills Petyarre, Lindsay Bird, Gloria Petyarre, Anna Petyarre and Emily Kngwarreye recognized as World’s best contemporary abstract artist. Eileen has own distinctive, unique linear design, based on ceremony associated with women's spiritual and nurturing role in Aboriginal society. It is an ancient tradition of 60 thousand years that gave the World its most exciting form of contemporary art.

Eileen work has the sheer physical presence of the much contemporary work of art, is represented in worldwide collections including Umpqua Bank Portland Oregon USA, Art and Soul Gallery Nashville Tennessee USA, New City Merchants Knoxville Tennessee USA, Cove Gallery USA, Kelton Foundation Santa Monica USA, Art gallery of NSW, Homes a Court Collection, Art Bank Sydney, Kerry Stokes collection, Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and many more.

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Artist: Eileen Bird
Title:
E035919
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen on board

Image size: 125 cm x 35 cm
Framed size: 145 cm x45 cm

Price: $1,500 Enquire


Artist: Eileen Bird

Title: E035911
Medium:
Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen on board

Image size: 95 cm x 35 cm
Framed size: 115 cm x45 cm

Price: $1,500 Enquire

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Artist: Eileen Bird
Title: E035920
Medium"
Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen on board

Image size: 125 cm x 35 cm
Framed size: 145 cm x 45 cm

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Artist: Eileen Bird
Title:
E035195
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen on board

Image size: 125 cm x 35 cm
Framed: 145 cm x45 cm

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Eileen Bird Biography 

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Eileen Bird linear designs her paintings signify women’s ceremony Awelye . Eileen was born (c.1956) into a well-known artistic family. She married  the eldest son of Ada Bird Petyarre, Paddy Bird (1940-2010) and they have eleven children most of them are fine artists in their own right.

Eileen family encompass widely recognized Australia's Aboriginal artists Gloria Mills Petyarre (B.1932),  Lindsay Bird (B.1935), Gloria Petyarre (B.1945), Anna Petyarre (B.1965) and Emily Kngwarreye (1910-1996) who dubbed by art experts as one of the world’s best modern and abstract artists.

Exposed to family artistic experience, Eileen Bird inherited the family creative gene however, Eileen originated her own unique distinctive style. Eileen Bird work has the physical presence of the much contemporary art. Eileen paintings create the dialog the present with the past, describing the ancient ceremonies called 'Awelye'. Eileen Bird work has been featured in numerous Exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Eileen was involved with the Utopia Batik since 1977 and is features in prestigious book 'Utopia A Picture Story'. Eileen work is represented in important Collections within Australia and overseas

The linear designs in Eileen Bird’s paintings signify women’s ceremony 'Awelye'. 'Awelye' refers to women's ceremonies associated with women's business and also to the painting of designs on a women's body. This spiritual, sensuous and meditative performance reflects the nurturing role of women in Aboriginal society. The designs are painted during the 'Awelye' ceremonies on people chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders are ground from red and yellow clays 'Ochre' also charcoal and ash are used to paint the women's body. She apply paint with a flat stick with soft padding call 'Typale' and each woman takes her turn to be painted-up. During the ceremony women sing songs associated with their 'Awelye'. Women perform 'Awleye' ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.

 

Eileen Bird Nungari (nee Webb) was one of the first artists Central Art began working with in 2004. Eileen had heard about Central Art - and me (Sabine Haider, Director of Central Art) through her mother-in-law Ada Bird Petyarre (Ada sadly passed away in 2010).

Ada Bird Petyarre was pivotal in encouraging me to set up Central Art and it was through her support that Central Art is able to work with so many talented and highly acclaimed artists.

Eileen is an Eastern Arrente woman, born in approximately 1956 from the Bushy Park region. Eileen grew up at Harts Range Station, several hours north-east of Alice Springs in Central Australia. As a young woman Eileen met Paddy Bird, who is the eldest son of famed Utopian artist, Ada Bird Petyarre. The couple married and had 11 children together. Both Eileen and Paddy Bird are artists, as well as most of their children taking an interest and learning the stories and art of symbol depiction.

Eileen and Paddy live at Mulga Bore in the Utopia region of Central Australia, relocating here after they were married. Eileen began painting in the 1990’s as a recreational activity, which has grown into a career of some sort. Eileen’s paintings depict one of the, if not, the oldest form of art depiction – “Awelye” – or women’s body paint design. Her paintings depict the important body paint designs that are used during ceremonial times. The word “Awelye” would roughly translate to women’s business in English and is a term used to describe everything associated with women’s ceremony and lore. The body paint designs which are painted on the upper bodies of women also reflect the dancing tracks that the women will often take whilst participating in ceremonies. Traditionally ochre rocks are used as paint as they are soft and can be ground down and water added to make a natural paint.

Similarly to Ada Bird Petyarre, Eileen will often represent the breasts of women in her artworks, perhaps this was the influence of Ada Bird. Her paintings use a lot of contrasting colour and she is not afraid to use bright purples, yellows and reds in her works. The painting Central Art has available is a good example of some of her older works and is a very large piece, over 2 metres in length.

Eileen’s artworks have been shown in exhibitions around Australia and the USA.

 

 

COLLECTIONS

Art gallery of New South Wales

Umpqua Bank Portland Oregon USA

Art and Soul Gallery Nashville Tennessee USA

New City Merchants Knoxville Tennessee USA

Cove Gallery USA

Homes a Court Collection

Art Bank Sydney

Kerry Stokes collection

Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Kelton Foundation Santa Monica USA

Mbantua gallery & cultural museum

Araluen Arts Centre

Eileen Bird Petyarre work is successfully sold in Australian Art Auction, see Records

 

Bibliography

Brody, A.1989, Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth.(C)

1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, exhib. cat. Heytesbury Holdings Ltd. Perth.

Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert, A Biographical Dictionary" by Vivien Johnson, published by Craftsman House 1994,

"The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture" edited by Sylvia Kleinert and Margo Neale published by OUP 2000

Australian Aboriginal Artist Encyclopedia  dictionary of biographies by Kreczmanski, Janusz B & Birnberg, Margo (eds.): Aboriginal Artists: Dictionary of Biographies: Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region (J.B. Publishing Australia, Marleston, 2004)

Brody, A. 1989 Utopia women’s Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A summer Project, 1988-89 exhib. Cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth Brody, A. 1990 Utopia, a picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Homes a Court Gallery and gallery Collection, Heytesbury Holdings LTD Perth NATSIVAD database

 Latz, P. 1995, Bushfires & Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs.g, Margo (eds.): Aboriginal Artists: Dictionary of Biographies: Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region (JB Publishing Australia, Marleston, 2004).

 

EXHIBITIONS

1989 Utopia Womens Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project

1988-89  S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center for the Arts, United States of America

1991 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

1998 Mbantua Gallery Alice Springs NT Australia

2002 Art and Soul Gallery Nashville Tennessee USA

2002 Cove Gallery Portland Oregon USA (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)

2002 Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon USA (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)

2002 Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon USA (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)

2002  New City Merchants Knoxville Tennessee USA

2003 Art and Soul Gallery Nashville Tennessee USA

2003 Cove Gallery Portland, Oregon USA (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)

2003 Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank Portland Oregon USA (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)

2003 Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon USA (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)

2003 Art From The Dreamtime Portland Art Museum Oregon USA (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)

2004 Gallery USA exhibition in Portland, Nashville, Knoxville and Hartford.

 
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REFERENCES

"Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert - A Biographical Dictionary" by Vivien Johnson, published by Craftsman House 1994,
"The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture" edited by Sylvia Kleinert and Margo Neale published by OUP 2000,
Australian Aboriginal Artist Encyclopedia” – dictionary of biographies” Kreczmanski, Janusz B & Birnberg, Margo (eds.): Aboriginal Artists: Dictionary of Biographies: Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region (JB Publishing Australia, Marleston, 2004). Brody, A. 1989 Utopia women’s Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A summer Project, 1988-89 exhib. Cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth Brody A. 1990 Utopia, a picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Homes a Court Gallery and gallery Collection,
Heytesbury Holdings LTD Perth NATSIVAD database.

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