Jeannie Petyarre

Jeannie Petyarre Utopia artist b. 1953, paints Bush Medicine Leaves, Yam Flowers, Women’s Dreaming stories.

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 in the early 1950s 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. Jeannie Petyarre is represented in major collections including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and the Holmes à Court Collection in Perth. Aboriginal art status – Established artist.


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