Utopia Paintings

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 Plum Dreaming by Kathleen  Ngal

Kathleen Ngal  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 015279  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 120 cm

Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 000585  |  acrylic on linen  |  177 x 137 cm

Awelye Atnwengerrp by Galya Pwerle

Galya Pwerle  |  Awelye Atnwengerrp

Jap 004665  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

Bush Medicine by Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray

Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray  |  Bush Medicine

Jap 015309  |  acrylic on linen  |  96 x 122 cm

Emu Seed Country by Polly  Ngal

Polly Ngal  |  Emu Seed Country

Jap 015285  |  acrylic on linen  |  203 x 114 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 016620  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Bush Yam – Mothers Country by Naomi Price Pwerle

Naomi Price Pwerle  |  Bush Yam – Mothers Country

Jap 017048  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 69 cm

Untitled by Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye  |  Untitled

Jap 010494  |  acrylic on linen  |  151 x 90 cm

Country – Fire Series by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Country – Fire Series

Jap 005454  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Bush Plum Flowers by Kathleen  Ngal

Kathleen Ngal  |  Bush Plum Flowers

Jap 015277  |  acrylic on linen  |  143 x 124 cm

Bush Turkey Story by Genevieve Kemarr Loy

Genevieve Kemarr Loy  |  Bush Turkey Story

Jap 015298  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 150 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 012479  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 150 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 015783  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 49 cm

Mountain Devil Dreaming by Nancy Kunoth Petyarr

Nancy Kunoth Petyarr  |  Mountain Devil Dreaming

Jap 015294  |  acrylic on linen  |  120.5 x 92 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
Anna Petyarre
Gloria Petyarre
Galya Pwerle
Abie Loy Kemarre
Betty Mbitjana
Barbara Weir
Charmaine Pwerle
June Bird
Rosemary Petyarre
The Emily Kngwarreye Phenomenon
Dulcie Long Pwerle
Kudditji Kngwarreye Exhibition
The Colourists – Exhibition
Sandover River Exhibition
Polly Ngale