Beverley Egan was born in Mullewa in1961. Beverley is a Yamatji woman and speaks the Wadjarri language. She maintains very strong links with her country and traditional culture in the Murchison/Gascoyne Region and regularly returns for family events. Her cousin Betty Egan and her niece Loretta Egan are also both well-known artists.
Beverley has lived most of her life in Perth with her husband (who is also Yamatji) and her two sons.
A well-respected artist, Beverley paints women’s stories and stories from her family’s country in the Murchison area. Her work is held in many private collections. Currently, she is painting with acrylic on canvas for several different galleries. She has worked extensively for Creative Native to promote her work in Europe, USA, and Australia
About the artwork
In this painting, Beverley paints the Murchison River which was a significant place of meeting, hunting, and gathering for her family. The spirals represent the meeting places in which the family would come together and discuss important matters concerning Women’s Law. It was the women who would traditionally come together to share knowledge and stories. Meeting on a regular basis draws women from different groups & families together and is an important part of their way of life. The dots in the painting are used to pay respects to the Aboriginal people, past, present, and future who have walked the land, sharing knowledge, promoting culture, and educating the younger generations on customs, pride, and togetherness.