Vanessa Jones Petyarre


Born: c. 1990

Language Group: Alyawarre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Wood Sculptures

Subjects: Tharrkarr (Honey Grevillea), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs)

Vanessa Jones comes from a strong family of artists. She lives in the Utopia Region where she grew up with her mother, May Lewis, extended relatives Loretta and Sandra Jones, and her son. Growing up, Vanessa attended both a primary school in Alice Springs and a bush school in her community.

Vanessa did her first paintings for Mbantua Gallery in August 2008, mostly painting the Tharrkarr (Honey Grevillea) Story. The Tharrkarr is an important plant in Vanessa's country because of the sweet honey found in its flowers. The honey is usually sucked straight from the flower or the flowers can be steeped in water to make a sweet drink.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs