Greeny Purvis, a ceremonial leader in his community, depicts stories from his traditional country of Atneltyeye, including Dreamings associated with the Emu, Turkey, Yam and Kangaroo. He commenced painting in the mid 1980’s. His work incorporates the designs used for body paint in ceremonies and the food sources in the area.
As a senior man in Utopia he is granted permission to paint the body paint designs. In some paintings he shows the stark lines painted on the bodies of the dancers who perform at male ceremonies. The colours used in his works usually refer to the changing season or time. For example in Yam, the colours represent the yam seed before germinating, after germinating and when bearing fruit.
He lives at Boundary Bore, Utopia in the Northern Territory and is married to fellow artist Kathleen Kemarre.
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