Anna Petyarre is a significant Utopia artist whose fine skills and innovative painting techniques define her impressive portfolio of paintings and subjects. Anna Petyarre was born on the Utopia homelands in 1960 and her language group is eastern Anmatyerre. She lives at Atneltyeye, or Boundary Bore and in Alice Springs.
Anna Petyarre has painted since she was child – her mother the late artist Glory Ngale was her first role model. Anna Petyarre is related to famous senior artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Kudditji Kngwarreye through her grandfather, who was a brother of Emily and Kudditji’s father. Anna Petyarre is a grandmother with five grandchildren.
The main subjects for Anna Petyarre’s art include Bush Yam and Yam Seed Dreamings, both of which belong to her grandfather’s and father’s country at Atneltyeye. From her own role as a traditional Aboriginal woman involved in ceremonies, Anna Pertyarre also paints Awelye, or ceremonial body paint design, associated with women’s ceremony.
Recent works have depicted ancestral country, with fine rows of dots marking out the locations of sandhill and bush country, river flood plains and sometimes waterholes and ceremonial sites. Anna Petyarre is famous for her artistic attention to detail in the complex and interwoven designs that she so carefully structures, aimed at expressing her traditional Anmatyerre culture.A selection of paintings by Anna Petyarre is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works. Aboriginal art status – Established artist.
1996 Utopia Dreaming, Soho Gallery, Sydney
1997 Dacou Gallery, Adelaide
1997 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
1998 Selected entrant for the 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Award, Darwin
1999 Tandanya, Adelaide
1999 BMG Art, Adelaide
2000 Tandanya, Adelaide
2000 Dacou (in association with AMP), Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2001 Women’s Business, Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago, USA
2001 Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2001 Raintree Aboriginal Art Gallery, Darwin
2002 Galerie Le Temps du Reve, France
2002 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2002 Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Utopia Collection2, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2010 Summer Collection, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 In Black and White, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2012 Little Gems, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2012 Desert Gold, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2014 Desert Song, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2015 Sixteen Artists – 16 x 2, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
Anna Petyarre | Sandhill Country
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