Gloria Petyarre

Tribe: Anmatjerre
Area: Central & Western Desert
Born: c 1938

Gloria Petyarre country is Anungara, and this is the inspiration for all her work. She has a unique style, using abstract methods to represent leaves, grasses & body paint in a monochromatic colour scheme.

Gloria paints ‘awelye’, body paint applied for ceremonies, with symbolic marks that represent women’s knowledge for their land.

Dreamings

Mountain Devil Lizard (arnkerrthe)
Bean (atnwerle)
Emu (ankerre)
Pencil Yam (arlartyeye)
Grass Seed (ntange)

Exhibitions

1990 – ‘Utopia: A Picture Story’, Ireland, London & India
1991 – Utopia Art, Sydney
1991 – National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT.
1991 – Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
1991 – Jinta Desert Art, Sydney
1991 – Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Awards

1999 – Winner of the Wynne Prize, for landscape painting, Art Gallery of NSW
2007 – Finalist of the Wynne Prize, for landscape painting, Art Gallery of NSW

Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Singapore Art Museum
British Museum, London
Musee du Quai Branly, Paris
Museum de Lyon, France
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane
Allen, Allen & Hemsley Victoria Museum
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Powerhouse Museum
Westpac Collection, New York
Artbank, Sydney
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Campbelltown City Art Gallery
Flinders University, South Australia
Griffith University Collection
Supreme Court, Brisbane
University of New South Wales
University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, U.S.A
Westpac, New York
Woollongong City Art Gallery
Woollongong University Collection

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