Kathleen was born in circa 1940 and she is part of a family of well-known artists. She is the sister of the well-known Gloria Petyarre, Ada Bird Petyarre, Violet Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre Jeannie Petyarre and Nancy Petyarre. She is the mother of Margaret Loy Pula and the grandmother of Abie Loy Kemarre. Kathleen’s work has been recognised for its unique designs,that relay the intimate knowledge of her country. She is one of the most collectable Australian artists, which is reflected in her many collections, awards, and notable auction results.
1998 - Winner, Peoples Choice Award, 1998 Seppelts Contemporary Art Award, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW. 1997 - Overall Winner, Visy Board Art Prize, Barossa Vintage Festival Art Show, Nuriootpa, SA. 1996 - Joint Second Prize, Open Award Category - The Third National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Heritage Commission Art Award, Canberra, ACT, Australia. 1996 - Overall Winner, Telstra 13th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award, Darwin, NT, Australia.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide ATSIC Collection, Adelaide
Museum de Lyon, France Musee des Arts dAfrique et d’Oceanie, Paris, France
Museum d’Histoire Naturelle de Lyon, France
Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia Edith Cowan University, Perth Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin Peabody Anthropology and Ethnology Museum, Harvard University, USA Riddoch Regional Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, SA The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth The John W. Kluge Collection, Charlottesville, Va, USA The Kelton Foundation, California, USA The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands