Dorrie Jones Petyarre


Born: 1969

Language Group: Alyawarre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Tharrkarr, Caterpillar Dreaming, Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremony)

Dorrie is the eldest child of Lenny Jones Kngwarreye and Topsy Pwerle Lewis. She has two brothers, one sister and three step brothers.

Her paintings are associated with the stories from her father's country Atheley. They usually comprise of patterns of fine dot work in the background to describe her country and strong linear work to illustrate Awelye – Women's Ceremonial designs and body paint designs.

Dorrie is not a prolific artist. Her first paintings for Mbantua Gallery were done in 2000. Her sister Joy and cousins Georgina, Joylene, Jilly and Wayne Jones Petyarre also paint for Mbantua Gallery.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs