Annette Davis Petyarre


Born: 1949

Language Group: Kaytety

Country: Aluwarra, past Neutral Station in Central Australia

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Stories about women and girls collecting bush foods, Anaty (Bush Yam) Dreaming

Annette learnt to paint from her mother, Margaret Davis Nungale, and they both share a similar style. Both create extremely fine depictions of bush foods and of women and girls (represented by symbols) collecting these foods, and often use fine dot work in their art. The dot work is created using bamboo satay sticks.

Because of her mother's teachings, Annette's paintings are influenced by her mother's stories. However, Annette is also connected with the Anaty (Desert Yam) story, from her father's side, and both parents have a connection to the people of Utopia. Annette's father was a man named Peter Davis Kngwarreye from Aluwarra (sandhill country just past Neutral Station). Peter was the late Greeny Purvis Petyarre's nephew, who was a highly respected Utopia artist. Annette used to live at Boundary Bore in Utopia with this extended family and recalls watching Gloria Petyarre and others paint in the early days of the Utopia art movement. Annette is married to the late Nancy Kunoth Petyarre's son, Christopher Kunoth.