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Artetyerre, 2007 by Billy Benn (Collector Portfolio)

Artist: Billy Benn

Region: Harts Range, NT

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 198 x 80 cm

Catalogue Number: BBFSM2018

Portfolio: Billy Benn and Tommy Watson (Collector's Portfolio)

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Gallery Gondwana proudly present this stunning work by artist Billy Benn titled: Artetyerre.

Painted in 2007, unlike a lot of Billy’s small works, this beautiful acrylic on linen artwork is a massive 198 cm x 80 cm and depicts his country at Harts Range. When first shown, it was eagerly snapped up by the current owners, who have now reluctantly decided to let go some of their works from the private collection.

Beautifully frame, this works comes with a copy of the original certificate of authenticity.

‘My country is Artetyerre, Harts Range, south and east Arrernte. My country painting. My country is Dreaming Antenhe (possum). My Dreaming corroborree. My Dreaming goes to Alcunpa, to another people’s country, north-east from Utopia.’
— Billy Benn Perrurle. Source: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

This magnificent painting by Billy Benn is of Entire Bore, with Alkemale and Akerte (Quartz Hill) located to the left in the painting, and Mount Brady over the back. As a young man, Benn mustered cattle and chased brumbies in the land to the right of the country shown in this work. In the late afternoon sun we move behind Mount Palmer and Mount Brady. The range looks different from this side, more connected and rambling.

This work is of singular importance, not only due to its sheer size, but of a region that has been the centre of Indigenous landscape painting since the 1930s. Benn’s paintings seem to arise out of the renowned western Arrernte Hermannsburg School, yet are imbued with an style that is original in its use of colour and form, and capturing an intimacy with country that presents an expressionistic view of the landscape. Benn’s vast desert panoramas are painted from memory, although he did return to his birth place Artetyerre, in 2006. More works followed, and in this painting of ‘Artetyerre’ painted in 2007, Benn expresses an emotional response to the site, in a breath-taking and larger than life depiction of the landscape.


Billy Benn

Region: Harts Range, NT

As one of Australia's most beloved outsider artists, Billy Benn's work has attained such a significant and unique place in the Aboriginal art market. Since joining Bindi Inc in 1981, he had been painting his father's country, working from memory to create a visual map of country that he has not seen since a boy. He first showed with the Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs in 2000.

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