Aboriginal Artist Violet Petyarre

Violet Petyarre

Born: c. 1938

Language Group: Anmatyerre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs)

Violet Petyarre is sister to artists Kathleen, Gloria, Ada Bird, Nancy, Myrtle and Jean Petyarre. Like the majority of her sisters, she was involved in the batik movement that established the women artists of Utopia. Her work is represented in the Holmes á Court collection. Violet usually paints the Mountain Devil Lizard (from her father's country), using strong linear patterns and colours.


Artbank, Sydney

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica USA

Solo Exhibitions

2003 'Violet', Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs



1988 The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the N.T., Darwin
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works On Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
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
1991 Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1996 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, South Australia
1996 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1997 Songlines Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Mountain Devil Lizard - Arnkerrthe, Myrtle Petyarre, Nancy Petyarre and Violet Petyarre, July Exhibition: Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2001 Seven Sisters Petyarre: Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery', Portland, Oregon; Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, Tennessee; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland Oregon; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford and Greenwich
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
2005 'Small Wonders' (A collection of 1'x1' and 1'x1½' paintings), Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T
2005 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs


Further References

Desart, the Aboriginal Art Centers of Central Australia
Putting in the Colour - Contemporary Aboriginal Textiles, Jukurrpa Books (IAD Press) ©2000