Body Paint Designs by Bessie Petyarre (SOLD)

The designs in this painting by Bessie Petyarre represent Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs). These designs are painted on the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders of red and yellow ocher (clay), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat pen with soft padding. This stick is called "typical". The women sing the songs associated with their grief, while each woman alternates to become "painted". Women perform marriage ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their land and the well-being and health of their community. Learn more. #aboriginalart #utopialaneart #indigenousart #decoratingideas #art #painting #nativeart #artlover