Aboriginal Artist Dolly Mills Petyarre

Dolly Mills Petyarre

Born: 1948

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Alhalkere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Kame (Pencil Yam Seed) and Emu Tucker, Alhalkere Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Bush Flowers, Wild Tobacco

Dolly participated in the Utopia A Picture Story – a collection of 88 silk batiks (Holmes á Court Collection), which confirmed the artistic credibility of the Utopian Artists. Dolly has continued to paint for Mbantua Gallery over many years. The major subject of her work is Kame, the seed of the pencil yam, and Emu Tucker which belongs to her country, Alhalkere. Dolly is a full sister to Greeny Purvis Petyarre, owner of Alhalkere country.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Holmes á Court Collection, Perth


1984 The First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum And Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1985 The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project
1988 S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1990 Utopia, A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 Silks from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1998 Dreamings, Vlaams- Europeesch Conferentiecentrum, Brussels, Belgium
1998 Art Centre Meerzigt, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
1998 Museum Dorestad, Wijk bij Duursede, The Netherlands
2000 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2002 Celestial Light, Redback Art Gallery, Qld
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery,Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery'Portland, Oregon; Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, Tennessee; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland Oregon; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2003 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich and New York
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2005 Yam Dreaming – Atnwelarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT


Further References

Brody, A 1989 Utopia Women'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 á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings LTD Perth ©