Julieann Pepperill (born 1968) is an emerging Anmatyerre artist who grew up in the tiny community of Ti Tree, north of Alice Springs. A member by marriage to fellow-artist Paul Janima-Purvis of one of the most renowned painting dynasties in Australia, Julieann’s aunties include Kathleen and Gloria Petyarre and great aunt Emily Kame Kngwarreye and the highly talented Numina sisters.
Taught by her relatives to paint the Yam Dreaming story from the family’s country Julieann does so with stunning execution. In particular, she depicts the leaves of the yam, paying homage to the spirit of this special plant in the hope that it will regenerate. This style of artwork belongs to her desert people of Central Australia and represents stories of hunting and gathering in their traditional country and body markings for women’s ceremonial business.