Artist: Margaret Scobie
Region: Utopia, Northern Territory
Size: 160 x 100 cm
Margaret Scobie was born 1 January 1948 at Woola Downs, East of Ti-Tree, Northern Territory and was schooled at Ross Park primary in Alice Springs, AustraliaMargaret is an Anmatyerre woman from the Utopia region in Central Australia. Margaret speaks Anmatyerre of Adelaide Bore, Utopia Region.Anmatyerre: The Utopians, mostly of the Alyawarre and Anmatyerre groups, are famous for their painters, in particular a group of female artists including an internationally renowned Emily Kngwarreye (1910-1996) one of the most famous Australian artists. The Anmatyerre Indigenous Australian people are from an area near Arnka (Mount Leichhardt), Arwerlt Atwaty (Hann Range, Reynolds Ranges, and northeast to Amakweng (Central Mount Stuart). Photo: Margaret Scobie in Alice Springs, 2002. Margaret family boasts many renown artists including Gloria Petyarre, Ada Bird Petyarre and the most famous to late Emily KngwarreyeMargaret grew up surrounded by family members who are renowned Australian artists. Margaret is a first cousin of the well respected Petyarre sisters and the international renown Emily Kngwarreye (1910-1996) is her aunt.Margaret's mother is the sister of Emily Kngwarreye (1910-1996) and also sister to Petyarre's father family. Her mother siblings are the famous Petyarre sisters Gloria Petyarre, Kathleen Petyarre, Anna Petyarre and Ada Bird Petyarre. Margaret maintains a close relationship with her cousin Gloria Petyarre.With a great artistic family tradition, Margaret is a well-known Australian artist. Margaret Scobie artworks often depict Bush Medicine Leaves and Awelye (body painting). The Awelye designs are used in the important Women’s Ceremonies.Margaret also paints Dreamings of Spinifex grass, Honey Ant Dreaming, Mountain Devil Dreaming. Margaret Spinifex paintings depict flowing Spinifex grass blown by the wind, and Spinifex ceremonies.Margaret use of an array of vibrant beautiful colours and flowing lines to paint artworks of the plants, the Spinifex grass and the leaves of Bush Medicine shrub as they are blown by the wind.Top 10 Aboriginal bush medicines. From witchetty grubs to kangaroo apples, these native medicines are used to cure ills the traditional way..Margaret Scobie lives in Alice Springs with three daughters, one son and three grandchildren her husband, Tommy Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka (1938-2000) has passed away.