Gloria Petyarre & Utopia Bush Medicine Leaf Artists

Bush Medicine Leaves are a key motif for Gloria Petyarre and a number of Australian Aboriginal artists from Utopia, located several hours northest of Alice Spings.

 

Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012703  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 150 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Roseanne Pwerle Morton

Roseanne Pwerle Morton  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 017239  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 108 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 007530  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Louise Numina

Louise Numina  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 017306  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 98 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 007528  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 015838  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 95 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Louise Numina

Louise Numina  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 017304  |  acrylic on canvas  |  148 x 99 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gracie Morton Pwerle

Gracie Morton Pwerle  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 016791  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 90 cm

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Yam Leaf by Dulcie Long Pwerle

Dulcie Long Pwerle  |  Yam Leaf

Jap 017548  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012707  |  acrylic on linen  |  205 x 142 cm

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Bush Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Leaves

Jap 013349  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Yam Leaf by Dulcie Long Pwerle

Dulcie Long Pwerle  |  Yam Leaf

Jap 017545  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 007404  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Louise Numina

Louise Numina  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 017314  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 100 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 010060  |  acrylic on canvas  |  186 x 147 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012706  |  acrylic on linen  |  198 x 150 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Jeannie Petyarre

Jeannie Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 015719  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012709  |  acrylic on linen  |  199 x 150 cm

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Yam Leaf by Dulcie Long Pwerle

Dulcie Long Pwerle  |  Yam Leaf

Jap 017550  |  acrylic on canvas  |  89 x 60 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 015424  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 017126  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 017124  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 013318  |  acrylic on linen  |  190 x 120 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012177  |  acrylic on linen  |  100 x 95 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 014907  |  acrylic on canvas  |  245 x 148 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012638  |  acrylic on linen  |  203 x 140 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012868  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 013001  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 96 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 014908  |  acrylic on canvas  |  239 x 152 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gracie Morton Pwerle

Gracie Morton Pwerle  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 016712  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 017125  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 013937  |  acrylic on linen  |  142 x 60 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012194  |  acrylic on linen  |  97 x 95 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 010057  |  acrylic on linen  |  177 x 59 cm

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The theme of Bush Medicine Leaves was developed in paintings by Gloria Petyarre (born 1945) and became a powerful part of her painting imagery during the last 20 years of her career. The story is an important one for Anmatyerre and Alyawarr people of Utopia homelands in Central Australia. In the process of making their paintings the artists are paying homage to the spirit of the medicinal plant and encouraging its regeneration for its healing powers.

Gloria Petyarre is one of the best known artists from the Utopia region, north-east of Alice Springs. Many famous artists have come from this area, which began in the mid 1970s to train artists in the techniques of Batik printing on fabric. Other major artists include Emily Kngwarreye, Kathleen Petyarre, Minnie Pwerle and Rosemary Petyarre. The skills that the artists learned during the seven years that they produced their remarkable batik designs were to have a lasting influence on the later paintings that they produced. These skills include making fine line work, creating repetitive patterns that form a rhythmic flow across the canvas, and working in layers that build up detail and colour variation.

Gloria passed on the artistic story to her immediate family including Rosemary Petyarre (born 1950) and Jeannie Petyarre (born 1956). Other extended members of the family paint references to the Bush Medicine plant including Gracie Morton Pwerle (born 1956) and Dulcie Long Pwerle (born 1979). Younger generational artists continue the tradition, including Roseanne Pwerle Morton and Janet Golder Kngwarreye.

The painting tradition incorporates a sense of rhythm and movement in the representation of the Bush Medicine Leaves, perhaps suggesting its connection to the lives of the traditional owners and to the age old traditions that form the bond between the people and the land.

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