Rhonda Jones Petyarre


Born: 1977

Language Group: Alyawarre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Tharrkarr (Honey Grevillea), Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Women's Story, Alkwarrer (Bush Banana), Ilenyenp (Senna pleurocarpa)

Rhonda began painting for Mbantua Gallery in August 2004. She paints the Awelye designs which encompass everything to do with a traditional Woman's Ceremony – body paint design and the women dancing and singing for their country.

Rhonda belongs to a strong family of artists. She grew up at Arawerre (Soapy Bore) which is in the Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs. Her mother, Gypsy Jones, has been an artist for a long time and Rhonda recalls watching her paint as a child. She has four sisters and two brothers (Shirley, Sandra, Jilly, Ronnie, Loretta and Anthony). Both Sandra and Jilly have painted for some time and encourage their younger sister to do so.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs