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.

 

Pencil Yam Seed by Bessie Petyarre

Bessie Petyarre  |  Pencil Yam Seed

Jap 018723  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 90 cm

Mother’s Country by Barbara Weir

Barbara Weir  |  Mother’s Country

Jap 019022  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 122 cm

Awelye – Body Paint by Charmaine Pwerle

Charmaine Pwerle  |  Awelye – Body Paint

Jap 019596  |  acrylic on linen  |  148 x 60 cm

Bush Turkey Dreaming by Cowboy Loy Pwerl

Cowboy Loy Pwerl  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 015145  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 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

Bush Medicine Leaves by Jeannie Petyarre

Jeannie Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 018835  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 91 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Roseanne Pwerle Morton

Roseanne Pwerle Morton  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 019162  |  acrylic on canvas  |  158 x 78 cm

Bush Yam – My Country by Belinda Golder Kngwarreye

Belinda Golder Kngwarreye  |  Bush Yam – My Country

Jap 019335  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200x 100 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 014908  |  acrylic on canvas  |  239 x 152 cm

Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming

Jap 015882  |  acrylic on linen  |  148 x 94 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 016620  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Awelye – Body Paint by Charmaine Pwerle

Charmaine Pwerle  |  Awelye – Body Paint

Jap 019592  |  acrylic on linen  |  181 x 121 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Gracie Morton Pwerle

Gracie Morton Pwerle  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 019282  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

Bush Medicine Leaf by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaf

Jap 019871  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 127 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Gracie Morton Pwerle

Gracie Morton Pwerle  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 019814  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 90 cm

My Country by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  My Country

Jap 012890  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 019494  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 87 cm

Grandfather’s Country by Lucky Morton Kngwarray

Lucky Morton Kngwarray  |  Grandfather’s Country

Jap 020106  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 91 cm

Country – Fire Series by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Country – Fire Series

Jap 005454  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Anmatyerre Traditional Stories – Mens Ceremony by Raymond Walters Japanangka

Raymond Walters Japanangka  |  Anmatyerre Traditional Stories – Mens Ceremony

Jap 016332  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 93 cm

Bush Plum Flowers by Kathleen  Ngal

Kathleen Ngal  |  Bush Plum Flowers

Jap 015277  |  acrylic on linen  |  143 x 124 cm

Yam Leaf by Dulcie Long Pwerle

Dulcie Long Pwerle  |  Yam Leaf

Jap 018836  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 90 cm

Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 018502  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 90 cm

Rainbow Country by Ruby Morton Kngwarray

Ruby Morton Kngwarray  |  Rainbow Country

Jap 020107  |  acrylic on linen  |  117 x 92.5 cm

Rainbow Country by Ruby Morton Kngwarray

Ruby Morton Kngwarray  |  Rainbow Country

Jap 020108  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 92 cm

Rainbow Country by Lucky Morton Kngwarray

Lucky Morton Kngwarray  |  Rainbow Country

Jap 020104  |  acrylic on linen  |  116 x 90 cm

Bush Yam by Jeannie Mills Pwerle

Jeannie Mills Pwerle  |  Bush Yam

Jap 019818  |  acrylic on canvas  |  196 x 89 cm

Bush Seed Dreaming by Kathleen Petyarre

Kathleen Petyarre  |  Bush Seed Dreaming

Jap 019872  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Untitled by Lucky Morton Kngwarray

Lucky Morton Kngwarray  |  Untitled

Jap 020105  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 95 cm

Bush Yam by Jeannie Mills Pwerle

Jeannie Mills Pwerle  |  Bush Yam

Jap 019813  |  acrylic on canvas  |  197 x 90 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 012479  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 150 cm

Mountain Devil Dreaming by Nancy Kunoth Petyarr

Nancy Kunoth Petyarr  |  Mountain Devil Dreaming

Jap 015294  |  acrylic on linen  |  120.5 x 92 cm

Bush Plum Dreaming by Belinda Golder Kngwarreye

Belinda Golder Kngwarreye  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 018574  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 89 cm

Yam Seed by Roseanne Pwerle Morton

Roseanne Pwerle Morton  |  Yam Seed

Jap 019810  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 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