Gloria Petyarre is one of Australia’s best known artists. Gloria was born at Utopia in Central Australia c.1945.
Gloria Petyarre paintings are noted as some of the most famous from the Aboriginal artists of the Utopia Homelands. Gloria was born around 1945 on Atnangkere country at Utopia in Central Australia.
Her Aboriginal language is Anmatyerre and her country is Atnangkere. Gloria is one of seven sisters who were all well known artists. Gloria, like many of the Aboriginal women artists in Utopia, first gained recognition as an artist working with batik. She began painting in 1988 and quickly gained international recognition, and is now widely represented in major collections. Her Dreamings include Mountain Devil Dreaming, Awelye Body Paint and Bush Medicine Leaves. Her language is Anmatyerre and she predominantly lives at Mulga Bore (Akaye Soakage). Gloria Petyarre is one of seven sisters all of whom are well known Aboriginal artists, including Kathleen Petyarre, Nancy Petyarre, Violet Petyarre and Ada Bird. The artwork of the Petyarre sisters share the same Dreamings, including Arnkerrth, the Mountain or Thorny Devil Lizard, Awelye, the women’s body design and stories related to a variety of bush foods. Their paintings are able to depict a wide range of designs under these Dreaming stories, with Gloria Petyarre being the most productive of the group.
Gloria Petyarre, like many of the Aboriginal artists in Utopia, first gained recognition with the women artists working with batik. In 1988, Gloria began painting and her first work was shown in the exhibition “Utopia Women’s Painting; The First Works of Canvas; a Summer Project 1988 to 1989.” Gloria Petyarre’s earlier paintings show the Awelye designs painted across the women’s breasts and shoulders.
Her more recent paintings have focused on Bush Medicine Dreaming, which depicts the leaves of a particular type of shrub with powerful medicinal qualities. Gloria Petyarre uses a range of different brush strokes in her artworks to represent the growth of the leaves at certain times of the year.
Gloria Petyarre profile for art collectors: Art Collector Magazine: Gloria Petyarre
Aboriginal art status – Highly regarded artist.
Allen, Allen & Hemsley
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia
Artbank, Sydney, NSW
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, ACT
British Museum, London, U.K
Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Campbelltown, NSW
Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland
Griffith University Collection, Queensland
James D. Wolfensohn Collection
Levi Collection, Seattle, Canada
Macquarie Group Collection
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Supreme Court Collection, Brisbane, Queensland
The Robert Holmes a’Court Collection
University of New South Wales Collection, Sydney, NSW
University of the Sunshine Coast Collection, Queensland
University of Woollongong, Woollongong, NSW
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, U.S.A
Westpac Gallery, New York, USA
Woollongong City Art Gallery, Woollongong, NSW