Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Alhalkere , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam) Leaves
Jeannie is an Anmatyerre woman. Her father was Alhalkere Jack and her mother was Jessie Ngale. She is sister to Greeny Purvis Petyarre (dec), a highly acclaimed artist, and is a well respected elder for her country Alhalkere in Central Australia. Jeannie is the niece of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, as her father was her blood brother. Jeannie also has four sisters, three of which are also artists for Mbantua Gallery; Dolly Mills, Gloria Mills and Rosemary Petyarre.
In the early 1980's, when Jeannie was living at Boundary Bore Outstation with her family, husband Henry Long Kemarre and their six children, Jeannie was introduced to the art of Batik. In 1990, her work was chosen to be part of the Robert Holmes à Court Collection, which toured extensively and was featured in their book 'Utopia - A Picture Story'.
The preceding art movement, Works on Canvas, swept through Utopia in the early 1990's. Jeannie took up painting along with her siblings and first painted for Mbantua Gallery in 1995. Her paintings represent Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam) where she often portrays the Yam leaves.
Jeannie's Dreamtime stories come from Alhalkere Country and are passed down to her from her father's side. In March of 2004, Jeannie joined her sister Rosemary and brother Greeny in painting at Mbantua's Field and Research Workshop in Alice Springs.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs