Mary Rumble Petyarre


Born: 1957

Language Group: Anmatyerre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Alhepalh (Acacia dictyophleba), Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Design), Kangaroo, Willy Willy

Mary Rumble has been painting for Mbantua Gallery since October 2002. She has two children, Dorothy and Albert Kngwarreye, to Kenny Petyarre. Mary has both a sister, Katie Rumble, and a cousin, Dorothy Kunoth, who are also artists.

Initially Mary worked in the medium of batik along with over eighty other women from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. Her work in batik is featured in 'Utopia – A Picture Story'. Mary gets all her Dreaming stories from her father's country, Atarrkerte.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth


1990 Utopia A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Knoxville, Tennessee


Further References

Brody, A. 1990 Utopia, a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd Perth