Petrina Bedford


Clan: Ngarinyin

Petrina Bedford is a third generation contemporary indigenous artist. Both her maternal grandfather Jack Dale Mengenen and her paternal grandfather Nyunkuny Paddy Bedford are famous Kimberley painters (now deceased). Encouraged by Jack Dale, Petrina painted from a very young age, first exhibiting paintings at a commercial gallery at age twelve.

Petrina uses her own contemporary style when painting, but she turns to traditional subject matter to reflect the Wandjina and classical stories passed down through her family. She loves to experiment with pattern, which is evident in her exceptionally detailed boab nut carvings. Her painting style is looser than her carvings, using bright colours and acrylics to play with line, shape and form.