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:  41 - Page: 1 of 2

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: $1,250.00
Size: H-46 x W-76 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0067

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0067

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $1,250.00
Size: H-45 x W-76 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0068

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0068

Abie Loy Kemarre

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

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0046

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0046

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $4,995.00
Size: H-92 x W-121 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKFD167/0921

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKFD167/0921

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $9,995.00
Size: H-119 x W-180 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0047

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0047

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $6,500.00
Size: H-91 x W-151 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0050

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0050

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $6,500.00
Size: H-91 x W-151 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0059

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0059

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $2,495.00
Size: H-75 x W-92 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0055

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0055

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $9,995.00
Size: H-121 x W-181 cm.

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0061

Bush Medicine Leaves - ALKG0061

Abie Loy Kemarre

Price: $9,995.00
Size: H-121 x W-238 cm.

Water - TKIG0259

Water - TKIG0259

Tarisse King

Price: $3,995.00
Size: H-92 x W-152 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0873

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0873

Jeannie Petyarre

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

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0842

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0842

Jeannie Petyarre

Price: $4,995.00
Size: H-122 x W-152 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0895

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0895

Jeannie Petyarre

Price: $5,995.00
Size: H-108 x W-198 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0904

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0904

Jeannie Petyarre

Price: $2,995.00
Size: H-121 x W-92 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0914

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0914

Jeannie Petyarre

Price: $2,395.00
Size: H-92 x W-91 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0915

Bush Yam Leaves - JPEG0915

Jeannie Petyarre

Price: $2,495.00
Size: H-111 x W-98 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - RPEFD60/0921

Bush Yam Leaves - RPEFD60/0921

Rosemary Petyarre

Price: $2,495.00
Size: H-111 x W-96 cm.

Bush Yam Seed - RPEFD61/0921

Bush Yam Seed - RPEFD61/0921

Rosemary Petyarre

Price: $2,495.00
Size: H-108 x W-94 cm.

Bush Yam Leaves - RPEG0446

Bush Yam Leaves - RPEG0446

Rosemary Petyarre

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

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0621

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEG0621

Gloria Petyarre

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

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5023

Bush Medicine Leaves - GPEHF5023

Gloria Petyarre

Artworks Found:  41 - Page: 1 of 2

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.