Aboriginal Medicine Leaf Paintings

Please enjoy our beautiful selection of artworks depicting Bush Medicine Leaves.

The artists who depict bush medicine leaves are the Anmatyerre women from the Utopia community, located in the north west corner of the Simpson desert and roughly 350km north east of Alice Springs, along the Sandover Highway. Aboriginal people living in some of the planet’s most arid environment have, since time immemorial, exploited all manner of plant food – from nectars and fruit, to flowers, gum and tubers. One plant that is highly prized for its restorative powers as part of traditional health practices, as well as being crucial to Anmatyerre women’s ceremonies, is the native shrub that bears the bush medicine leaves. During the life of the plant, the leaves change colour and possess different medicinal properties.

To ensure the continued regeneration of the plant, the Anmatyerre women pay homage to the spirit of the bush medicine leaf plant by recreating it in their ceremonies through song and dance, and in recent years, through painting.

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Price: $85,000.00
Size: H-195 x W-300 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0621

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0621

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $850.00
Size: H-61 x W-61 cm.

Bush Medicine - ESHG0026

Bush Medicine - ESHG0026

Esther Haywood

Price: $9,995.00
Size: H-91 x W-213 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0017

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0017

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $17,500.00
Size: H-121 x W-181 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5004

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5004

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $8,750.00
Size: H-91 x W-121 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5036

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5036

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $12,500.00
Size: H-91 x W-151 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5023

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5023

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $12,500.00
Size: H-91 x W-151 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5024

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5024

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $17,500.00
Size: H-121 x W-181 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5013

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5013

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $8,750.00
Size: H-91 x W-122 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0427

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0427

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $22,000.00
Size: H-120 x W-152 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEAR1605

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEAR1605

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $26,500.00
Size: H-241 x W-121 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0558

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0558

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $27,500.00
Size: H-183 x W-122 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0554

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0554

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $13,500.00
Size: H-122 x W-91 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0561

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0561

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $9,995.00
Size: H-122 x W-183 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0012

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0012

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $4,995.00
Size: H-183 x W-122 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0773

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0773

Jeannie Petyarre

Price: $13,500.00
Size: H-90 x W-120 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEAR1585

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEAR1585

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $22,000.00
Size: H-120 x W-150 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEAR1604

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEAR1604

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $17,500.00
Size: H-182 x W-122 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0496

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0496

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $17,500.00
Size: H-120 x W-180 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEAR1464

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEAR1464

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $8,500.00
Size: H-238 x W-121 cm.

Water - TKIG0259

Water - TKIG0259

Tarisse King

Price: $3,495.00
Size: H-152 x W-91 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0866

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0866

Jeannie Petyarre

Price: $3,500.00
Size: H-152 x W-120 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - RMPG0002

Bush Medicine Leaves - RMPG0002

Roseanne Morton Petyarre

Price: $3,500.00
Size: H-152 x W-120 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - RMPG0003

Bush Medicine Leaves - RMPG0003

Roseanne Morton Petyarre

Price: $2,795.00
Size: H-151 x W-91 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - GMPG0003

Bush Medicine Leaves - GMPG0003

Gracie Pwerle Morton

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The first artist to depict the bush medicine leaves on canvas was Gloria Petyarre, who burst onto the Australian art scene in 1999 when she won the prestigious Wynne Prize for Landscape. The work in question was a large green and gold medicine leaf painting (entitled 'Leaves'). The leaves were very fine – each resulting from a dot with a tail that tapered off to nothing – but not just one leaf; a dense pattern of thousands of them, all seemingly flowing to the tune of some breeze swirling them in unison.

Gloria’s remarkable ability to depict her ancient dreaming stories in a highly contemporary and expressive manner has been an inspiration for other Anmatyerre women to pick up leaf related Dreamings and put their own interpretation on them using acrylic on linen. Their interpretation of the bush medicine leaves, bush yam leaves and seeds reflect the continued importance of the native flora to the Anmatyerre people today.