Gloria Petyarre

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Gloria Petyarre (born 1946,[1] Atnangkere Soakage, Northern Territory) is an Australian Aboriginal artist from the Anmatyerre community, just north of Alice Springs. In 1999, the Australian magazine Art Collector called her "one of our most collectable indigenous artists".[2] As of 2014, her overall career rank on the Australian Indigenous Art Market was 13.[3]

Petyarre won 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.[4] She traveled 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 represented in Australian galleries such as the National Gallery of Australia. She is the niece of Emily Kngwarreye and the younger sister of Kathleen Petyarre, who are also artists.

Petyarre 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. She paints an original subject titled Leaves as well as Body Paint Designs and several Dreamtime stories such as Pencil Yam, Bean, Emu and Mountain Devil Lizard and Small Brown Grass.[5] Her paintings – monochromatic or multi-colored - have well defined segments filled with curved lines. Her style is known for its abstract fields and bright colors.[1] Her work is represented in such collections as:

  • The National Gallery of Australia
  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales[6]
  • Allen, Allen and Hemsley
  • Victorian Museum
  • Museums and Art Gallery of the Northern Territories
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • Westpac Collection, New York
  • Gold Coast City Art Gallery
  • The Holmes a’ Court Collection
  • Art Gallery of Ballarat[7]


  1. ^ a b Guile, Melanie (2004-11-29). Culture in Australia. Raintree. pp. 2007–. ISBN 9781410911322. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ White, Judith (Oct–Dec 1999). "Gloria Tamerre Petyarre: True Colours of Utopia". Art Collector 10: 84–87. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Australian Indigenous Art Market Top 100". Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Wynne Prize finalists 1999 :: Art Gallery NSW". Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  5. ^ "Gloria Petyarre Paintings". Utopia Lane Art. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  6. ^ "Collection: Gloria Tamerre Petyarre". Art Gallery of New South Wales. 1994. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gloria Petyarre - Bush Medicine". Art Gallery of Ballarat. 2000. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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