GLORIA TAMERRE PETYARRE

Language: Anmatyerre
Region: Utopia
Date of Birth: c1945

Content: Gloria paints several dreamtime stories such as Pencil Yam, Bean, Emu and Mountain Devil Lizard and Bush Medicine Leaves. In recent years she has mainly been painting the Mountain Devil Lizard and Bush Medicine Leaves designs. In Bush Medicine Leaves she depicts the leaves of a special plant that is used to aid in the healing process. Women collect these leaves from around Utopia and then boil them to extract resin which can be mixed with Kangaroo fat to be stored and used later. The resulting medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and also acts as an insect repellent.

Gloria Tamerre Petyarre is a very special artist, being one of the founding members of the Utopia Women’s Batik Group established in the 1970’s. In the early 1980’s Gloria did her first painting on canvas. In 1995 she received a full fellowship grant from the ATSIC Board of The Australia Council. In 1999 she won the Wynne Prize from the Art Gallery of NSW.

Selected Collections:

  • National Gallery of Australia
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Robert Holmes a Court Collection
  • Singapore Art Museum
  • British Museum, London

She has also had many solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas.

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