Aboriginal Artist Annie Hunter Petyarre

Annie Hunter Petyarre

Born: c. 1967

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Arawerre (Soapy Bore), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Sugar Bag, Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Country

Annie was involved in the Utopia Women's Batik Group. Her work is represented in 'A Picture Story', a project initiated by CAAMA in the late 80's. Annie also began painting in the late 80's and has been involved in many group exhibitions, including the Robert Holmes à Court touring exhibition of silk batiks.

Annie is from a family of artists. Her mother, Molly Pwerle, sisters Jessie and Susan, and also her older brother, Sandy Hunter, are all renowned artists. All have a refined style. Often their whole painting will consist of patterns of individual fine dots, reflecting their story and Arawerre country. They also paint stories associated with Atnwengerrp and Irrweltye, their mother's country.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth

Group Exhibitions

1989 Alcoota, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne Design Warehouse Sydney
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings - the First Works on Canvas
1988 A Summer Project, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1990 Utopia - A Picture Story,' an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes à Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire & Scotland
1999 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2006 Utopia, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay, Sydney
2007 Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2007 Eastern Desert Dreaming, Artists from Utopia, Gallery G, Brisbane
2008 Power of Place, Tandanya: National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Adelaide
2010 Aboriginal Artists UK Spring Show 11-13 June, London
2011 Utopian Aboriginal Art, Without Pier Art Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Desert Visions, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, South Australia
2013 Aboriginal Artists UK Show, London
2014 Indigenous Group Show, Without Pier Art Gallery, Melbourne


Further References

Brody, A 1989, Utopia WomenÂ’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 Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth
Diggins, L (ed) 1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhibit. Cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Victoria