Jeannie Petyarre

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

Jeannie Petyarre

About Jeannie Petyarre

Date of Birth


Language Group



Utopia, NT


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.

Art Style

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

Established artist


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


Wikipedia – Jeanna Petyarre
Art Gallery of New South Wales – Collection Listing