Aboriginal Artist Susan Hunter Petyarre

Susan Hunter Petyarre

Born: 1969

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Arawerre (Soapy Bore), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Sugar Bag (Native Honey), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Women's Stories

Susan was involved in the Utopia Women's Batik. Her work is represented in 'Utopia - A Picture Story', a project initiated by CAAMA in the late 80's. She also began painting on canvas in the late 80's and has been involved in many group exhibitions including the Robert Holmes à Court touring exhibition of silk batiks.

From a family of artists, Susan's mother, Molly Pwerle; her older sisters, Annie and Jessie; and also her older brother, Sandy Hunter, are all renowned artists. All have a refined style, often their whole painting will consist of patterns of individual fine dots, reflecting their story and Arawerre country. They also paint stories associated with Atnwengerrp and Irrweltye their mother's country.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth


1989 A Myriad of Dreaming, Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne, Design Warehouse Sydney (through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art)
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, SH Ervin Gallery Sydney
1990 Utopia - A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 Works on silk from the Holmes à Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1994 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1997 Geschichtenbilder, Aboriginal Art Gallery Bahr, Speyer, Germany
1999 Aboriginal Art - Australien heute, Deutsche Welle Kohn, Germany (in co-operation with the Aboriginal Art Gallery Bahr, Speyer)
1999 Australie - Art, Arts d'Australie Stephane Jacob / J.L.Amsler - Bastille, Paris
2004 Bilderwelten in Utopia. Holzschnitte und Gemaelde vom Aborigines, Staedtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen, Kunstmuseum Bayreuth, Deutschland
2006 Senior Women of Utopia, Gallery B, Brisbane
2006 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2007 Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay Gallery, Sydney
2007 Eastern Desert Dreaming - Artists from Utopia, Gallery G, Brisbane
2007 Eastern Desert Song, Brush with Art Festival, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA
2008 Power of Place, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
2008 From the Desert to the Sea, Yurlunggur Art, Brisbane
2009 Aboriginal Art in Korea, Gong Pyeong Art Space, Seoul, KOREA
2010 The Utopia Story Australasian Art Projects, Singapore
2010 Aboriginal Artists in London June 11 - 13, London, UK
2011 Desert Icons, Australasian Arts Projects, Singapore
2011 Utopian Aboriginal Art, Without Pier Art Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, SA
2012 Aboriginal Artists in London, London, UK
2014 Indigenous Group Show
2015 Aboriginal Art, Wimbledon Village, UK