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Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves
Bush Medicine Leaves
174 x 145 cm
Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves
Bush Medicine Leaves
90 x 150 cm
Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves
Bush Medicine Leaves
60 x 90 cm
Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves
Bush Medicine Leaves
90 x 120 cm
Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves
Bush Medicine Leaves
120 x 180 cm
Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves
Bush Medicine Leaves
120 x 120 cm
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Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre Biography

Gloria Petyarre was born around 1945 in Utopia- a community approximately 270 km north east of Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory. She is of the language group Anmatyerre. Gloria began her artistic career as one of the founding members of Utopia Women’s Batik Group in the 1970s. In this role she helped to create a new artistic form as she merged the traditional iconography of the Anmatyerre with the medium of silk. Her innovative and unique style had great influence on others in the group. The use of introduced materials heralded the transition of Aboriginal women’s art from the private to the public domain. From 1977 to 1987 Gloria worked in the medium of Batik, exhibiting with other Utopia women in shows around Australia and abroad.

It is in the medium of acrylic on canvas, however, that Gloria is widely recognised. Her first painting on canvas was commissioned by CAAMA (The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) and included in the exhibition titled Utopia Women’s Painting; The First Works of Canvas; a Summer Project 1988 - 1989. From this point Gloria quickly developed a unique way of depicting her wide knowledge and appreciation for her country and Dreaming stories. The primary Dreamings she depicts are Mountain Devil, Bush Medicine and Aknangkere Growth.

Of these, Gloria’s depictions of Bush Medicine Dreaming have become the most recognised and appreciated. These works depict the movement of a particular type of shrub, common to Utopia, which has particular medicinal qualities. The leaves of this plant are collected and then boiled to extract the resin. Following this, the resin is mixed with kangaroo fat which creates a paste that can be stored for up to six months in bush conditions. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and as an insect repellent. Gloria’s depiction comes from the important ceremonies and traditions of her people in relation to this plant. Each painting shows different aspects from the process and its important links with the land.

Gloria has had a fruitful career, with exhibitions in Australia and abroad. In the early 1990's she travelled to Ireland, London and India as a representative of the Utopia women accompanying the exhibition Utopia - A Picture Story. Gloria's first solo exhibition was at Australian Galleries in New York in 1991. Her paintings have been exhibited in several major survey exhibitions and she has had many solo exhibitions throughout Australia. Gloria Petyarre’s paintings are held in the collection of almost every major Art Gallery in each capital city in Australia, and major galleries in the US, UK and Asia also own her works.

In 1999 Gloria was awarded the prestigious Wynne Prize, an annual exhibition held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Gloria Petyarre Resumé

Solo Exhibitions
2003 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Recent Paintings, Flinders Lane Gallery
1998 Utopia Art, Sydney
1998 Robert Steele Gallery, Adelaide
1997 New Directions, Flinders Lane Gallery
1996 Fire Works Gallery, Brisbane

Group Exhibitions
2006 Utopia, Flinders Lane Gallery
2004 Utopia, Gloria, Barbara, Minnie, Flinders Lane Gallery
2002 The Utopia Six, Flinders Lane Gallery
1999 Wynne Prize exhibition. Winning entry.
1999 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
1999 "Bush Garden", Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
1999 Utopia, BMG Art, Adelaide
1998 The Adelaide Festival Theatre
1998 "The Aknangkere Growth Paintings" - First Release, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1998 SCEGGS Redlands Art Award, Sydney
1998 "The Ladies of Utopia", Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1998 "Utopia IV" Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
1998 Utopia, Works on Paper, Flinders Lane Gallery
1998 Paintings from Utopia, Flinders Lane Gallery
1998 ARATEXPO New York in association with Mandurah Ltd, New York
1998 "Women Painters of the Desert", Fire Works Gallery, Brisbane
1998 The Importance of Ochre, Flinders Lane Gallery
1997 Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
1997 Utopia Art, Flinders Lane Gallery
1997 Selected entrant in the Telstra 14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
1997 Participated in the artist in residence program at the Art Gallery of South Australia in the exhibition "Dreamings of the Desert"
1997 Dacou Gallery, Adelaide
1997 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
1996 Recent Paintings From Utopia, Flinders Lane Gallery
1996 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
1996 Framed, Darwin
1995 Dacou Gallery, Adelaide
1990 Utopia Artists, Flinders Lane Gallery

2004 Wynne Prize for Landscape Painting, Highly Commended
1999 Wynne Prize for Landscape Painting, winning entry
1993 Design for tapestry for Victorian Tapestry Workshop
1993 Mural for Kansas City Zoo

The National Gallery of Australia
Victorian Museum
Museum & Art Galleries of the Northern Territories
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Robert Holmes a’ Court Collection
Adelaide Festival Centre Collection
Art Gallery of New South Wales Baker-McKenzie;
Campbelltown City Art Gallery;
Flinders University, South Australia;
Gold Coast City Art Gallery;
Griffith University Collection;
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery;
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne;
National Gallery of Victoria;
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney;
Queensland Art Gallery;
Queensland University of Technology;
Riddoch Art Gallery, S.A.;
Supreme Court, Brisbane;
University of New South Wales;
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, U.S.A.;
Westpac, New York;
James D. Wolfensohn Collection;
Woollongong City Art Gallery;
Woollongong University Collection;
Macquarie Bank;
University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland;
Singapore Art Museum;
British Museum
Allen, Allen & Helmsley

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