Lindsay Bird Mpetyane is a speaker for the Anmatyerre people and was born on the Bushy Park Station in 1935, from whose owner (Jim Bird) he took part of his name. In his early years he worked on farms as a stockman, mustering sheep. His Aboriginal name is Artola Art Nanaka Yunga Areteca.
He lives together with his wife Mavis Petyarre, also an artist, and his three daughters in the Utopia area. As one of the few male participants, he was involved in the famous batik project at Utopia, the artworks of which toured Australia and overseas from 1977 to 1987. Lindsay Bird Mpetyane was instrumental in making acrylic paintings more important at Utopia. Many of the artists had tired of the labour intensive Batik methods and prefered to paint in Acrylics with the ease of application and the variety of colours. His artworks are characterised by great precision and fine colour combinations. After Emily Kame Kngwarreye, he was one of the first Aboriginal artists to have solo exhibitions.
Utopia also has artists Gloria Petyarre, Gracie Morton Pwerle, Minnie Pwerle, Ada Bird and Barbara Weir as well known artists from the community.
Lindsay Bird Mpetyanne is a very important Aboriginal leader in the Utopia district. Over the past 10 years collectors and galleries throughout the world have keenly sought his paintings. His dreamings include Prickle, Mulga Snake, Bloodwood trees, Bush Plum, Honey Ant and Woomera.