Jeannie Petyarre Utopia artist b. 1953, paints Bush Medicine Leaves, Yam Flowers, Women’s Dreaming stories.
About Jeannie Petyarre
Date of Birth
Jeannie Petyarre comes from a strong family of Utopia artists. She is the niece of famous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye and sister to Rosemary Petyarre, Evelyn Pultara and Greeny Purvis, all painters with established reputations.
Jeannie was born at Boundary Bore, an outstation on the Utopia homelands, 270km north east of Alice Springs.
Along with many of the women Utopian artists, Jeannie began her art career producing her designs and stories in batik textiles. Jeannie moved to paintings on canvas in the late 1980s and was further encouraged by her Aunt Emily, who told her that she must continue to paint the family’s Dreamings.
Jeannie Petyarre paints representations of the traditional plants that her people collect and use as food sources and for medicinal purposes. In particular, she represents the Bush Yam and Bush Medicine Leaves, both of which show flowing representations of leaves from various nutritional and medicinal plants.
Aboriginal Art Status
Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Selected Group Exhibitions
- 1989 Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project
- 1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.
- 1995 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
- 2002 Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
- 2002 The Cove Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA
- 2002 Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon USA
- 2002 Mary’s Woods, Portland, Oregon USA
- 2004 Last of the 20th Century, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
- 2006 Colours of Utopia, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
- 2012 Desert Gold, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
- 2019 Summer Show & Art Parade, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
- 2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
- 2019 International Women’s Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
- 2020 Central Focus, Art Mob, Hobart
- 2020 Top 20 Exhibition, Art Mob, Hobart
- 2021 Sounds of Summer 2, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle
- 2021 Top 20 2021, Art Mob, Hobart
- 2022 Palya – a tribute to Steve Ariston, Art Mob, Hobart