Jeannie Petyarre


About the Artists:


Jeannie was born in 1951 in Utopia, a community located 240 kilometres north east of Alice Springs known for its quality art.
Jeannie was born into a family of well known artists. She is a cousin of the famous 7 Petyarre sisters of Utopia which include Gloria Petyarre, Nancy, Myrtle, Kathleen, Violet, and Ada Bird.

Jeannie started painting batik work in the eighties. She became a member of one of the most important groups to develop out of desert painting - the Utopia women. Initially this group produced batik work using desert designs on silk and cotton. The success of the batik movement led eventually to the artists - mostly women - trying their hand at painting with acrylic on linen in the summer of 1988-9. Their efforts were well coordinated by CAAMA in what was termed "A Summer Project". The project provided the opportunity for Jeannie to begin as a painter. Her work was featured in the Robert Holmes A Court Collection in 1990.

Jeannie paints the Bush Medicine,Bush Peanut, Yam Leaves, Yam Root Dreamings. She captures the spirit and soul of her culture through the use of vibrant colours. Jeannie's work is characterised by vibrant designs celebrating the spirit of the Yam plant as it generates year after year to feed the people. This colourful style was taught to her by her Aunt, the famous Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who told Jeannie before she died that she must continue to paint the family's Yam Dreaming.


1989 Utopia Womens Paintings the first works on canvas
1990 A Picture Story exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopian artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.
2005 Cicada Trading, Illayda, Istanbul, Turkey
2005 Cicada Trading, Milan, Italy
2006 Cicada Trading , Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2006 Cicada Trading, Annual Clear Lake Exhibition of Aboriginal Paintings, Houston, USA
2006 Cicada Trading, Paris, France
2006 Cicada Trading, Bahrain Art Society, the Kingdom of Bahrain
2006 Cicada Trading, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates