Gloria Petyarre


Born 1945 at Atnangkere Soakage in the Utopia region. Australian Aboriginal artist from the Anmatyerre community who lives just north of Alice Springs. She won Australia’s longest running art prize, the Wynne Prize in 1999 with Leaves, being the first Aboriginal person to win one of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’s major prizes. She travelled to Ireland, England and India in 1990 as part of the Utopia – A picture story exhibition. She held her first solo exhibition in 1991. She is the niece of successful Aboriginal artist Emily Kngwarreye.

She lived at the Utopia community after 1977, where she started batik painting, exhibiting in shows around Australia for ten years. She began work on the ‘Summer Project’ in 1989 which involved translating the batik paintings onto canvas. She was one of the founding members of this Utopia Women’s Batik Group.

Gloria Petyarre’s paintings are represented in the permanent collections of: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and Levi Collection in Seattle, USA.


Bush Medicine
acrylic on canvas
95 x 57 cm w