Gloria Petyarre

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Gloria Petyarre
Born1938 (age 80–81)
Mosquito Bore, Utopia, Northern Territory, Australia
Other namesGloria Tamerre Petyarre, Pitjara
Known forPainting, Contemporary Indigenous Australian art

Gloria Petyarre (born 1938 in Mosquito Bore, Utopia, Northern Territory) is an Australian Aboriginal artist from the Anmatyerre community, just north of Alice Springs. In 1999, the Australian magazine Art Collector called her "one of our most collectable indigenous artists";[1] as of 2014, her overall career rank on the Australian indigenous art market was 13.[2]

Petyarre won the Wynne Prize in 1999 with Leaves, being the first Aboriginal person to win one of the Art Gallery of New South Wales's major prizes,[3] she traveled to Ireland, England and India in 1990 as part of the Utopia – A picture story exhibition. She held her first solo exhibition in 1991, she is represented in Australian galleries such as the National Gallery of Australia. She is the niece of Emily Kngwarreye and the younger sister of Kathleen Petyarre, who are also artists.

Petyarre lived at the Utopia community after 1977, where she started batik painting, exhibiting in shows around Australia for ten years, she began work on the 'Summer Project' in 1989 which involved translating the batik paintings onto canvas. She was one of the founding members of this Utopia Women's Batik Group, she paints an original subject titled Leaves as well as body paint designs and several Dreamtime stories such as pencil yam, bean, emu and mountain devil lizard and small brown grass.[4] Her paintings – monochromatic or multi-colored – have well defined segments filled with curved lines, her style is known for its abstract fields and bright colors.[5]



  1. ^ White, Judith (October – December 1999). "Gloria Tamerre Petyarre: True Colours of Utopia". Art Collector. 10: 84–87. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Australian Indigenous Art Market Top 100". Archived from the original on 12 August 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Wynne Prize". AGNSW prize record. Art Gallery of New South Wales. 1999. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Gloria Petyarre Paintings". Utopia Lane Art. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  5. ^ Guile, Melanie (29 November 2004). Culture in Australia. Raintree. pp. 2007–. ISBN 9781410911322. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  6. ^ Petyarre, Gloria (1994). "Awelye (For the mountain devil lizard)". AGNSW collection record. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Gloria Petyarre - Bush Medicine". Art Gallery of Ballarat. 2000. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.

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