Joy Purvis Petyarre


Born: 1965

Language Group: Anmatyerre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Silk Batik and Cotton

Subjects: Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam) and Kame (Pencil Yam Seed), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Bush Tucker, Goanna

Joy was part of the original group of Utopian Women to work with batik. Her work is represented in the 'Utopia - A Picture Story', the Robert Holmes á Court Collection. During the high profile years where Utopia Batik was exhibited nationally and internationally, Joy travelled to Adelaide, Indonesia, Paris, Brisbane, Darwin and Sydney. In 1999, Joy started to paint on canvas. Her main dreaming is the Pencil Yam from Alhalkere country. This is her father's dreaming, the same as Greeny Purvis Petyarre (dec) and the famed late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth


2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville TN; 'The Cove Gallery', Portland OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford and Greenwich


Further References

Latz, P. 1995, Bushfires & Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs
Brody, A. 1990 Utopia, a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd Perth