Rosemary Bird Mpetyane

Rosemary (c. 1977) is the daughter of Paddy Bird Jangala and Eileen Bird Nungurrayi. Her grandmother is Ada Bird Petyarre (Pitjara). Rosemary is married to Clifford Tilmouth, another well know Central Desert Indigenous artist. They live with their large extended family in the remote artist community of Utopia, Northern Territory (350kms north-east of Alice Springs).

During secret “Women’s Business” ceremonies, Rosemary was taught important stories, songs, body painting and dance rituals associated with her country, Ilkawerne and her family. Her paintings include the themes of her Dreamtime stories passed onto her through ancient rituals – Travelling Women, Alparra Seed Dreaming and Body Paint.