Utopia Aboriginal Art

A selection of paintings showing the styles from this Aboriginal art region - some paintings may still be available for sale, while some may have been sold.

 

Bush Medicine Leaf by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaf

Jap 019862  |  acrylic on canvas  |  228 x 148 cm

Bush Medicne Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicne Leaves

Jap 021767  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 110 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 020074  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 96 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 021062  |  acrylic on canvas  |  88 x 61 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 021114  |  acrylic on canvas  |  177 x 115 cm

Bush Yam by Jeannie Mills Pwerle

Jeannie Mills Pwerle  |  Bush Yam

Jap 020685  |  acrylic on canvas  |  199 x 89 cm

Awelye – Body Paint by Charmaine Pwerle

Charmaine Pwerle  |  Awelye – Body Paint

Jap 019592  |  acrylic on linen  |  181 x 121 cm

Bush Medicine Leaf by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaf

Jap 019863  |  acrylic on linen  |  206 x 150 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 021047  |  acrylic on canvas  |  128 x 86 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 020966  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 127 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Dulcie Long Pwerle

Dulcie Long Pwerle  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 021561  |  acrylic on canvas  |  136 x 90 cm

Hunting for Bush Tucker by Gracie Morton Pwerle

Gracie Morton Pwerle  |  Hunting for Bush Tucker

Jap 021567  |  acrylic on canvas  |  130 x 95 cm

Mother’s Country by Barbara Weir

Barbara Weir  |  Mother’s Country

Jap 019022  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 122 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Jeannie Petyarre

Jeannie Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 018835  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 91 cm

My Country by Rochelle Bird Mbitjana

Rochelle Bird Mbitjana  |  My Country

Jap 021911  |  acrylic on canvas  |  126 x 94 cm

Yam Dreaming by Greeny Purvis Petyarre

Greeny Purvis Petyarre  |  Yam Dreaming

Jap 000238  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

My Country by Rochelle Bird Mbitjana

Rochelle Bird Mbitjana  |  My Country

Jap 021919  |  acrylic on canvas  |  129 x 94 cm

Body Paint and Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Body Paint and Awelye

Jap 021405  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 106 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 012479  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 150 cm

Anatye – Bush Yam by Jeannie Mills Pwerle

Jeannie Mills Pwerle  |  Anatye – Bush Yam

Jap 021560  |  acrylic on canvas  |  95 x 89 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 021115  |  acrylic on canvas  |  176 x 119 cm

Bush Plum Flowers by Kathleen  Ngal

Kathleen Ngal  |  Bush Plum Flowers

Jap 015277  |  acrylic on linen  |  143 x 124 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 021043  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 90 cm

Bush Yam Leaves by Dulcie Long Pwerle

Dulcie Long Pwerle  |  Bush Yam Leaves

Jap 021109  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 95 cm

Wildflowers and Bush Tucker by Margaret Scobie

Margaret Scobie  |  Wildflowers and Bush Tucker

Jap 021908  |  acrylic on canvas  |  125 x 80 cm

Hunting for Bush Tucker by Gracie Morton Pwerle

Gracie Morton Pwerle  |  Hunting for Bush Tucker

Jap 021565  |  acrylic on canvas  |  130 x 95 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Belinda Golder Kngwarreye

Belinda Golder Kngwarreye  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 019440  |  acrylic on canvas  |  280 x 190 cm

Bush Yam – Mother’s Country by Naomi Price Pwerle

Naomi Price Pwerle  |  Bush Yam – Mother’s Country

Jap 018820  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 61 cm

Bush Yam – Mother’s Country by Naomi Price Pwerle

Naomi Price Pwerle  |  Bush Yam – Mother’s Country

Jap 018821  |  acrylic on canvas  |  122 x 91 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 021045  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 90 cm

Rainbow Country by Ruby Morton Kngwarray

Ruby Morton Kngwarray  |  Rainbow Country

Jap 020108  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 92 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Gracie Morton Pwerle

Gracie Morton Pwerle  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 020896  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 130 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 021936  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 129 cm

Untitled by Sarah Morton Kngwarray

Sarah Morton Kngwarray  |  Untitled

Jap 020110  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 119 cm

Untitled by Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray

Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray  |  Untitled

Jap 020093  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 92 cm

Awelye and Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana   |  Awelye and Bush Melon

Jap 008311  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Utopia is located 270 km north-east of Alice Springs on the eastern perimeter of the Western Desert ‘bloc’, next to the traditional Aboriginal lands of the Eastern Anmatyarre and Alyawarre people. It was named by the first white settlers in 1927 and occupies 1800 square kilometres of desert country.

In 1979 a successful land claim saw the Utopia Aboriginal community gain permanent legal title to the leasehold, and it was the Utopia women who played a key role. In 1978 the women had learned the art of batik as a means to establish a source of income in preparation for the land claim hearing. By demonstrating the economic viability of the outstations through their batik work, the women were justifying their legal and moral right to their land.

In 1988 the Aboriginal artists were introduced to the mediums of canvas and acrylic paint, which enabled them to produce paintings that were even more distinctive than the batiks. This new creative wave saw the rise of many famous artists of the Aboriginal art movement, including the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gloria Petyarre, Kathleen Petyarre, Minnie Pwerle, Kudditji Kngwarreye, Barbara Weir, and many others. Artists from Utopia are highly regarded for the diversity and richness of their artworks.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Minnie Pwerle
Kudditji Kngwarreye
Gloria Petyarre
Bernadine Johnson
Rosemary Petyarre
The Emily Kngwarreye Phenomenon
Dulcie Long Pwerle
Kudditji Kngwarreye Exhibition
The Colourists – Exhibition
Sandover River Exhibition
Polly Ngale