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Anna Petyarre B. 1960

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Anna Price Petyarre comes from the family renown artists, she is the daughter of the late Gloria Ngale, a highly respected Elder and artist. Anna sister is Gloria Petyarre and she is also the niece of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, one of Australia's best known artists. Anna is s a well-known Australian artist. Her state-of-the-art almost abstract work is held in collections around the world. Biography Aboriginal Artists dictionary of biographies p.31.

Anna's 'Bush Medicine Leaves' capture the multi-dimensional space and depth, has the sheer physical presence of the much contemporary work of art.





Anna Petyarre, Bush Medicine Leaves - masterwork

Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen

Image Size: 165 x 125 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves' masterwork has the physical presence of the much contemporary work of art that capture the multi-dimensional aspect of space and depth.

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Artist: Anna Petyarre
Title: Bush Medicine Leaves
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on linen

Size: 95 cm x 75 cm

Artist: Anna Petyarre
Title: Bush Medicine Leaves
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on linen
Size: 95 cm x 75 cm

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Anna Petyarre Biography



Anna Petyarre is a significant Australian Aboriginal artist from Utopia, her innovative painting techniques are considered as some of the finest skills. Anna is well-known for her artistic attention to detail in the complex and interwoven designs that she so carefully structures, aimed at expressing her traditional Anmatyerre culture. Anna’s paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout Australia and around the world.

Anna Petyarre is the daughter of the late Glory Ngarla and Emily Kngwarreye (1910-1996) niece. Anna was the second wife of Colin Price Kemarre (deceased 2004). Anna's mother is Glory Ngale (deceased 2002) known for her batik work and a well-respected artist at Utopia. Anna also worked with the Utopia Batik group.

Anna is from the famous Petyarre family: Gloria Petyarre and many of her aunts are among the best known artists from Utopia. Anna has perfected the use of black and white fine dot work, in a series of paintings about the landscape of her ancestral country.

Anna Petyarre has been painting since very young age with her mother, the late Glory Ngale who was her first role model. Anna Petyarre is related to famous senior artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Kudditji Kngwarreye through her grandfather, who was a brother of Emily and Kudditji’s father. Anna Petyarre is a grandmother with five grandchildren.

The main subjects for Anna Petyarre work include Bush Yam and Yam Seed Dreamings, both of which belong to her grandfather’s and father’s country at Atneltyeye.

From her own role as a traditional Aboriginal woman involved in ceremonies, Anna Pertyarre also paints Awelye, or ceremonial body paint design, associated with women’s ceremony.

Recent works have depicted ancestral country, marking the locations of Sandhill, Bush Medicine and bush country, river flood plains and sometimes waterholes and ceremonial sites.

Anna Petyarre was born on the Utopia homelands in 1960 and her language group is eastern Anmatyerre. She lives at Atneltyeye, or Boundary Bore and in Alice Springs.

Utopia is in the region of Central Australia to the east of Alice Springs, part of Australia where the rivers don’t run towards the coast. They run into the heart of the desert, and ultimately, if they flow, they flow into Lake Eyre, or Kati Thanda in the local language. These rivers are the classic upside-down rivers of the desert, filled with sand from bank to bank, and underneath there is water throughout the dry season.


Selected Exhibitions exhibitions:

1996 Utopia Dreaming, Soho Gallery, Sydney
1997 Dacou Gallery, Adelaide
1997 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
1998 Selected entrant for the 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Award, Darwin
1999 Tandanya, Adelaide
1999 BMG Art, Adelaide
2000 Tandanya, Adelaide
2000 Dacou (in association with AMP), Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2001 Women’s Business, Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago, USA
2001 Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2001 Raintree Aboriginal Art Gallery, Darwin
2002 Galerie Le Temps du Reve, France
2002 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2002 Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne
2002 ‘Generations’ Japingka Gallery, WA
2002  USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN
2002  The Cove Gallery' Portland, Urban Wine Works, Portland, Mary's Woods, Portland

2003  ‘Heart and Soul’, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2003  USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN
2003 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland
2003  Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland USA
2004  USA exhibition; Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich, New York, Philadelphia
2005  Yam Dreaming, Atnwelarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT

‘Small Wonders’, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2008 Three Petyarres, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2008 Utopia Collection2, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2010 Summer Collection, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 In Black and White, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2012 Little Gems, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2012 Desert Gold, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2014 Desert Song, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2015 Sixteen Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA

2017 Intricate Expressions, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney NSW


finalist the 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Award, Darwin


Art Bank Sydney

Department of Archaeology and Anthropology UK

Richard Kelton Foundation Santa Monica

Lowe Art Museum University of Miami

Art Gallery of South Australia

Powerhouse Museum

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

Homes a Court Collection Perth

Art Gallery of Western Australia,

Queensland Art Gallery,

Kerry Stokes collection Perth

Berndt Museum of Anthropology Perth

private and corporate collections USA, Singapore, Ireland, India, Poland, Denmark, France

Anna is a talented artist and also paints ‘Yam”, ‘Wildflower”, ‘Emu’ ‘Wild Potato” and ‘Campsite Dreaming. Her country is Alhalkere and her language is Anmatyerre.

DACOU regards Anna as establish artist on the rise who makes her mark in the world of Utopia art. Anna resides at Mulga Bore Utopia Australian Northern Territory approximately 220 km from Alice Springs. This is the place where she currently paints. Anna has painted on and off since early childhood. Anna Petyarre (Pitjara) commenced full-time painting in the early 1980s when the medium of canvas and acrylic paints was introduced to the community of Utopia. Prior to painting she produced batik. Her main Dreamings, which she depicts in her paintings are: Yam, Wild Potato, Wildflowers, Emu and Campsite. Anna Petyarre often use bright colours with minimal dotting also she has a technique of intricate dot work, with small blocks of colour.

Anna speaks Anmatjere and is fluent in English.  Anna essentially paints the Bush Yam. This is the dreaming of her grandfather and father's country. She also paints some body painting and women's ceremony as well. She paints on a whole range of canvas sizes and also paints on to ancient Aboriginal utensils such as the wira and coolamon. These utensils are used for carrying water, fruit, berries and even babies through the bush. Anna has other dreamings as well but she does not paint them. Under the careful guidance of Gloria Petyarre, Anna began to paint her own work. Over the last few years, Anna has been learning further skills from the Women painters in Utopia. Anna actively takes part in ceremonies and paints the bodies of the dancers prior to the commencement of each ceremony. She takes the utmost care and pride in her work and endeavors to bring the sensitivity of her culture to canvas. Anna Petyarre has been painting for the Michael Hollow Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery - Alice Springs - Melbourne - Sydney since 1997.



Australian Aboriginal Artist dictionary of biographies Kreczmanski, Janusz B and Birnberg, Margo (eds.): Aboriginal Artists: Dictionary of Biographies: Central Desert, Western Desert and Kimberley Region JB Publishing Australia, Marleston, 2004.

Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert - A Biographical Dictionary by Vivien Johnson, published by Craftsman House 1994

The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture edited by Sylvia Kleinert and Margo Neale published by OUP 2000

Aboriginal Artists: Dictionary of Biographies: Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region JB Publishing Australia, Marleston, 2004

Brody, A. 1989 Utopia women’s Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A summer Project, 1988-89 exhib. Cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth Brody

A. 1990 Utopia, a picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Homes a Court Gallery and gallery Collection, Heytesbury Holdings LTD Perth NATSIVAD database, Latz, P. 1995, Bushfires & Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs

Brody, A. 1989 Utopia women’s Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A summer Project 1988-89 exhib. Cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth Brody




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