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.

Artworks Found:  77 - Page: 1 of 4

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

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0621

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0621

Gloria Petyarre

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

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0070

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0070

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $3,495.00
Size: H-75 x W-106 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0072

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0072

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $9,995.00
Size: H-120 x W-184 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0074

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0074

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $4,995.00
Size: H-92 x W-120 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0062

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0062

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $8,500.00
Size: H-122 x W-151 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0063

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0063

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $6,500.00
Size: H-91 x W-150 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0065

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0065

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $5,995.00
Size: H-61 x W-90 cm.

Bush Medicine - GPEMG1428

Bush Medicine - GPEMG1428

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $17,500.00
Size: H-90 x W-151 cm.

Bush Medicine - GPEMG1019

Bush Medicine - GPEMG1019

Gloria Petyarre

Price: $8,500.00
Size: H-90 x W-180 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0071

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0071

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $4,995.00
Size: H-91 x W-121 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0075

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0075

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $4,995.00
Size: H-92 x W-122 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0076

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0076

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $3,495.00
Size: H-91 x W-150 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0239

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0239

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $4,995.00
Size: H-120 x W-180 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0243

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0243

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $750.00
Size: H-60 x W-60 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0245

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0245

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $3,495.00
Size: H-92 x W-150 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0247

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0247

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $4,995.00
Size: H-91 x W-212 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0255

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0255

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $2,495.00
Size: H-90 x W-120 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0256

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0256

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $750.00
Size: H-60 x W-60 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0257

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0257

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $4,500.00
Size: H-90 x W-180 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0259

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0259

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $2,495.00
Size: H-91 x W-120 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0261

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0261

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $1,350.00
Size: H-30 x W-183 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0265

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0265

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $4,500.00
Size: H-90 x W-180 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0267

Bush Yam Leaves - DLPG0267

Dulcie Long Pula

Price: $600.00
Size: H-60 x W-60 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - RPEG0437

Bush Yam Leaves - RPEG0437

Rosemary Petyarre

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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.