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Gloria Tamerre Petyarre

Gloria Tamerre Petyarre

Gloria Tamerre Petyarre

Born: 1945

Deceased: 2021

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Atnangkere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

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

Subjects: Leaves, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) Dreaming, Alpite (Wild Flowers), Ntyerrm (Seed of the Dogwood Tree), Ntang (Edible Seeds), Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard)

Gloria Tamerre Petyarre has participated in both group and solo exhibitions since the 1980's. She has travelled to Ireland, London, Paris, USA, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries exhibiting her works. Her work is included in the collections of the Australian National State Galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, also the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Westpac New York, Holmes à Court and many other private collections. In 1999 Gloria won the prestigious art award, the Wynne Prize, for the Best Australian Landscape.
Gloria first gained recognition in silk batik which began at Utopia in 1978 with exhibitions held nationally and internationally. In 1988 Gloria was part of the very first group to experiment with canvas, called the Summer Project, and Gloria has since continued to work in this medium.
Awelye, the women's ceremonial body paint designs, was the subject of Gloria's very first painting, she recalls. Over the years Gloria has applied many methods of enhancing the simple linear work in her Awelye paintings, including using sponges, hand work and a toilet brush.
One of Gloria's most important Dreamtime stories is that of Arnkerrthe, the Mountain Devil Lizard. Arnkerrthe travelled over Gloria's land creating all of the people, sacred sites, songs and other Dreamtime stories. In its neck it holds a sac of ochre that Gloria and her people use for ceremonies. Gloria has developed a very popular style for Arnkerrthe Dreaming that she calls the 'swirly ones'. A unique design by Gloria, these swirls represent the thorny skin on the back of this gentle little lizard.
Collections
Allen, Allen and Hemsley, Sydney, NSW
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Art Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
British Museum, London, England
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
Griffith University Collection, QLD
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA
Macquarie Bank Collection
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Exhibitions
2001
Dreamtime: the Dark and the Light, Kunst der Gegenwart, Sammlung Essl, Vienna
2001
Desert Flowering: Aborignal Art from Private Collections, Manawatu Gallery, New Zealand
2001
Seven Sisters Petyarre, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2002
Crossroads: the Millenium Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Prints, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2002
Leaves you Thinking, World Vision of Australia, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2002
Generations, Japingka Gallery, Perth, WA
2003
Gloria Petyarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2003
Seven Sisters Petyarre, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2004-2006
Evolution of Utopia - opened by the Honorable Robert Hill, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2006
Leaves of Time, an exhibition in conjunction with the Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum Exhibition, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2010
DACOU Art Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2014
Narrativa Herióca - Pintura Aborígine do Deserto Australiano - Renaissance Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil
2014
Arca Urbana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2017
Into Abstraction II: Interconnections, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
AWARDS
1995-1996
Fellowship Grant from the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council - Recipient
1999
Wynne Prize for the Best Australian Landscape Painting - Winner
2004
Wynne Prize for the Best Australian Landscape Painting - Highly Commended
References
Stanislawsk-Birnberg, M.
(1990) Journeylines ©
Morphy, H.
(1998) Aboriginal Art, Phaidon Press ©
Isaacs, J.
(1999) Spirit Country, Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art, Hardie Grant Books ©
Brody, A.
(1989) Utopia Women's Paintings The First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89, exhib.cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA
Brody, A.
(1990) Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA