Kathleen Petyarre

Australian Aboriginal Artist








Kathleen Petyarre


Born:                1940
Region:              Central Desert
Community Centre:    Utopia
Art Centre:          Delmore Gallery
Outstation:          Atnangkere
Language Bloc:       Arandic
Language:            Anmatyerre
Social Affiliations: Petyarre 
Medium/ Form:        Batik on silk, 
acrylic paint on canvas, wood cut print

Subjects: Arnkerrth (Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming), Green Pea Dreaming, Women Hunting Ankerr (emu), Arengk (Dingo Dreaming).

Awards:
1998 - Winner, People's 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.

Collections held:
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
ATSIC Collection, Adelaide.
Collection de Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, Paris, France.
Edith Cowan University, Perth.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Peabody Anthropology and Ethnology Museum, Havard 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.

Exhibitions:

Individual Exhibitions:
1999 - Recent Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Mary Place Gallery, Paddington, Sydney; Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide.
1998 - Arnkerrthe - My Dreaming, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
1996 - Kathleen Petyarre - Storm in Aknangkerre Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.

Group Exhibitions:

1999 - 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Touring Exhibition; Raiki Wara: Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; North by North East, Landscape and Ceremonial Paintings from Utopia, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne; South Australia Living Artists Week, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide; Utopia: Ancient Cultures/New Forms, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

1998 - Our Country - Then and Now, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide; Ladies of Utopia, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT; Expanse: Aboriginalities, spatialities and the politics of ecstasy, an exhibition by Ian North, Art Museum, University of South Australia, Adelaide; Raiki Wara: Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; 15th National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT; The Rodney Gooch Collection, Riddoch Regional Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, South Australia; Belonging to Mother Earth - Indigenous Wisdom and Healing Conference, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA; The Seppelts Contemporary Art Award Group Exhibition, The Useum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW; Utopia Dreamings, Desert Designs - Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Perth, WA.

1997 - 14th National Aboriginal Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Utopia Exhibition Adjunct to Documenta, Kasel, Germany; Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, Qld; Dreampower - Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, Museum Puri Lukisan, Ulbud, Bali, Indonesia; Dreamings from the Home of the Mountain Devil Lizard, Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW; Mountain Lizard Dreaming, Desert Designs, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle, Perth, WA; Recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic; John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Songlines Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 1996 - The Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Commission Art Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT; 14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT; Artists from Ngukurr, Haasts Bluff and Utopia, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA; Dreamings of the Desert, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.

1995 - 12th National Aboriginal Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin;, Utopia - A Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Ludwig Forum fur internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany.

1994 - Utopia Mixed Exhibition - Festival of Arts, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA; The Evolving Dreamtime: Contemporary Art by Indigenous Australians from the Kelton Foundation Collection, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA.

1993 - Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery; Contemporary Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Moree Plains Art Gallery, Moree, NSW.

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.; Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center for the Arts, United States of America.

1989 - Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project,
1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
1984 - The First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

Select Bibliography:
Brody, A., 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth. (C).
Brody, A., 1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth. (C).
Brody, A., 1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings Ltd., Perth.
Art Gallery of SA, Dreamings of the Desert, Art Gallery of South Australia, 1996.
Boulter, M., The Art of Utopia: A New Direction in Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Craftsman House, 1991, Sydney.
Carrigan, B., (ed.) Utopia Ancient Cultures New Forms, Heytsbury Pty Ltd, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australia.
Cossey, D., Dreampower - Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, Museum Art International, Adelaide, SA, 1997.
Morphy, H., Aboriginal Art, Phaidon Press 1998, UK.
Nicholls, C. Kathleen Petyarre and the Heroic Odyssey of Arnekerrthe, Art Monthly, Oct.1998, No. 114.
North, I., Expanse: Aboriginalities, spatialities and the policits of ecstasy, an exhibition by Ian North, Art Museum of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, 1998.
Ryan, J., Raki Wara, Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic, 1998.
West, M., Telstra 13th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Catalogue, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, NT, 1996.
West, M., Telstra 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Catalogue, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, NT, 1998.

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