Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Australian aboriginal artwork.Born: c.1945,

Country: Atnangkere

An Anmatyerre speaker, her country is Atnangkere and her Dreamings are as for Ada Bird: Mountain Devil Lizard, Bean, Emu, Pencil Yam, Grass Seed and Small Brown Grass. She has four sisters who are also artists: Ada Bird, Violet, Myrtle, and Kathleen.

She first gained recognition as an artist working in the medium of Batik, exhibiting with the Utopia Women in shows around Australia and abroad for a decade (1977-87) before taking up the medium of canvas, painting her first work for CAAMA’s Summer Project exhibition.

In 1990 she traveled to Ireland, London and India as a representative of the Utopia women, accompanying the ‘Utopia: A Picture Story’ exhibition (Tandanya, Adelaide, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin Ireland, and Meat Market Gallery, Melbourne, 1991). In 1991 she had her first solo exhibition at Utopia Art in Sydney. Her work is based on the body paint designs for her Dreamings, at first showing clearly the designs painted across the women’s breasts and shoulders in the ceremony.

Since those early, highly distinctive works, she has developed her paintings to higher levels of abstraction, continually experimenting with line and colour. She says she prefers the greater freedom and control she finds with the medium of acrylic on canvas. Several of the works in her solo exhibition had no dots at all, but bands of different colour whose optical effects have evoked comparisons with the British artist Bridget Riley. Gloria’s husband, Ronnie Price Mpetyane, started painting in 1989, and does strong men’s paintings in dot style as well as neo-western landscapes in vivid colours. They live at Mulga Bore (Akaye Soakage.) Utopia..

Gloria’s work is features on the cover of The Art of Utopia Michael Boulter) Book, and has been included in major survey exhibitions including ‘Flash Painting’ at the National Gallery of Australia in 1992, the 1991 Art Gallery of NSW touring ‘Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition’, and solo exhibitions in 1991 at Australian Galleries, New York and Utopia Art, Sydney, Desert Art Gallery Melbourne Collections: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Allen Allen and Hemsley, Museum of Victoria, Museums & Art Galleries of NT, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Westpac, New York, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Michael Hollow Collection, Holmes`a Court,etc. On her visits to Alice Springs Gloria paints at “The Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery”.


Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands

Allen, Allen & Hemsley

Art Gallery of New South Wales


Campbelltown City Art Gallery

Flinders University, South Australia

Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Melbourne

Gold Coast City Art Gallery

Griffith University Collection

Macquarie Bank Collection, Sydney

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Museum of Victoria, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Queensland Art Gallery

Queensland University of Technology

Riddoch Art Gallery, S.A.

Supreme Court, Brisbane

The Robert Holmes a Court Collection

University of New South Wales

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, U.S.A.

Westpac, New York

James D. Wolfensohn Collection

Woollongong City Art Gallery

Woollongong University Collection

Macquarie Bank

University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Singapore Art Museum

Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory

British Museum.

Individual Exhibitions:

2006 – Gloria Petyarre – a survey, 1996-2006, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney.

2004 – Gloria Petyarre – Recent Works, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne; Power of the land, Utopai Art Sydney; Mythology and Reality – Contemporary Aboriginal Desert Art from the Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.

2002 – Gloria Petyarre – leaves & awelye, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney.

2000 – Paintings from Anungura, Utopia Art Sydney.

1999 – New Leaves, Utopia Art Sydney; Gloria Tamerre Petyarre: a survey exhibition, touring- New England Regional Art Museum; and Manly Art Gallery.

1998 – The Anangkere Growth Paintings,Chapman Gallery, Canberra; Gloria Tamerre Petyarre: a survey exhibition Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery.; Utopia: Ancient Cultures New Forms, Galeri Petronis, Malaysia.

1997 – Instant Pictures, Utopia Art Sydney.

1995 – Gloria Petyarre: On the Line, Utopia Art Sydney.

1994 – Utopia Art Sydney.

1993 – Awelye, Utopia Art Sydney.

1991 – Australia Galleries, New York; Utopia Art Sydney, Australia.

Group Exhibitions:

2006 – Utopia, Galerie DAD, France; The second Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

2005 – Aboriginal dreaming, European discovery, Australian Embassy, Paris, France; Chefs d’Oeuvre – Maitres du Desert, Galerie DAD, Mantes-la-Jolie, France.

2004 – Twenty Indigenous Female Artists From Central Australia, Ann Snell Gallery; Australian Aboriginal Art Collector’s Exhibition, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne; The Art of Giving, Mahoneys Galleries, Melbourne; Power of the Land, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney; Desert Paintings Showcase, Australia’s Outback Gallery, Sydney; In Season, Australia’s Outback Gallery, Sydney.

2003 – 20th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Tactility: two centuries of Indigenous objects, textiles and fibre, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

2002 � Crossroads: the Millenium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Prints, Singaport Art Museum, Singaport.

2001 – Museum, Utopia Art Sydney.; Dreamtime: the Dark and the Light, Kunst der Gegenwart, Sammlung Essl, Vienna; Desert Flowering:Aborignal Art from Private Collections, Manawatu Gallery, New Zealand.; Seven Sisters Petyarre, Brisbane City Gallery.; 8th International Works on Paper Fair, Byron Kennedy Hall, Fox Studios Australia, Sydney.; 2001, Utopia Art Sydney; Arts d�Australie, Arts d’Australie � St�phane Jacob / Equation-Transparence, Paris.

2000 – Encore, Utopia Art Sydney; The Australian Drawing Biennale, Drill Hall Gallery, The Australian National University, ACT.; Melbourne ArtFair 2000, Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne.; 5th National Indigenous Heritage Art Award 2000 (Reconciliation Prize), Old Parliament House, Canberra; Lines, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.; Landscape, Utopia Art Sydney; Arts d�Australie, Arts d’Australie � St�phane Jacob / Espace Mezzo – Avenue des Champs-Elys�es, Paris; Arts d�Australie, Arts d’Australie � St�phane Jacob / Salon Pharmagora, Paris; Arts d�Australie, Arts d’Australie � St�phane Jacob / Pavillon Kleber, Paris.

1999 – Utopia: Ancient Cultures New Forms, Art Gallery of Western Australia.; Ab Op, Utopia Art Sydney.; Petyarre Dreaming, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.; Crossroads: Millennium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists, Sherman Galleries, Sydney; Australie � Art, Arts d’Australie � St�phane Jacob / J.L. Amsler – Bastille, Paris.

1998 – 1998 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria.; Primary Colours: Blue, Annandale Galleries, Sydney.; Women Painters of the Desert, Fire-Works Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Queensland.; nineteen ninety eight, Utopia Art Sydney; Propositions Australiennes, Arts d’Australie � St�phane Jacob / galerie Luc Queyrel, Paris.

1997 – Tapestries (woven by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop) Australian Galleries, Sydney.; Flagging the Republic, Grafton Regional Gallery; L�Art des Aborig�nes d�Australie, Arts d’Australie � Stephane Jacob / Galerie de Stassart, Bruxelles; L�Art des Aborig�nes d�Australie, Arts d’Australie � St�phane Jacob / Espace Paul Riquet, B�ziers.

1996 – Nineteeninetyseven, Utopia Art Sydney; Aurora, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Seoul Arts Centre, Korea.; Fifth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.; Paperwork, Utopia Art Sydney; new paint new work, Utopia Art Sydney; Contemporary Abstract Aboriginal Art, Sherman Galleries, Sydney.; Imagining the Real: an exhibition of recent acquisitions from the Parliament House Collection, Canberra.; The Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Art Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra; The Gesture, Utopia Art Sydney.; Utopia Women, Utopia Art Sydney.; Hidden Treasures II: Art in corporate Collections, SH Ervin Gallery.; Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries; New England Regional Art Museum touring exhibition.; Contemporary Australian Abstraction, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.

1995, A Celebration of the Art and Craft of Aboriginal Women, Aboriginal and Tribal Art Centre, Sydney.

1994, Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria.

1992/3, New Tracks Old Land: An Exhibition of Contemporary Prints from Aboriginal Australia, touring USA and Australia; 1993, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

1991, The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

1990, ‘Utopia – A Picture Story,’ an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland.; 1990, Tagari Lia: My Family, Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1990 -from Australia, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, UK.

1989, Utopia Women, Coventry Gallery, Sydney; 1989, Art From Utopia, Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA; 1989, Utopia Batik, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs; 1989, Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

1988, Time Before Time, Austral Gallery, St. Loius, USA; 1988, Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utopia Art Sydney.

1985, The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

1984, The First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.


1999 – Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

1993, Design for tapestry for Victorian Tapestry Workshop.

1993, Mural for Kansas City Zoo.

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