Jeannie Petyarre Biography

Jeannie Petyarre - Aboriginal Artist from Utopia

Jeannie Petyarre - Utopia


Dreaming: Awelye (body paint) Bush Medicine, Bush Yam Leaves, Yam Flowers and Yam Seeds. All of Jeannie’s dreamings come from the Alhalkere Country and are passed down to her from her father’s side of the family.

Jeannie Petyarre (Pitjara) was born in c.1951 on the Boundary Bore Outstation of Utopia, Aboriginal Art Regions of Central Australia. Jeannie’s tribal name is “Angiltha” which means little lizard. 

Jeannie Petyarre is the sister to well known artists Greeny Purvis Petyarre, Evelyn Pultara, Rosemary Petyarre and Anna Price Petyarre.

Jeannie Petyarre's cousin's are the famous sisters; Gloria Petyarre, Nancy Kunoth Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre, Kathleen Petyarre, Violet Petyarre, Ada Bird Petyarre and Jean Petyarre. 

In 1988, Jeannie Petyarre was part of the group who produced Batik work using desert design on silk and cotton. Jeannie was encouraged by her aunt, the famous Emily Kngwarreye to continue to paint her family's Yam Dreaming. In 1990 her work was chosen to be part of the Robert Holmes A Court collection which toured extensively, and is featured in the book “Utopia – a picture story”.

Collections: 
• The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 
• The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.

Exhibitions: 
• 1989 Utopia Womens Paintings the first works on canvas 
• 1990 A Picture Story exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopian artists which toured Eire and Scotland 
• 1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.
• 2005 Cicada Trading, Illayda, Istanbul, Turkey 
• 2005 Cicada Trading, Milan, Italy 
• 2006 Cicada Trading , Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
• 2006 Cicada Trading, Annual Clear Lake Exhibition of Aboriginal Paintings, Houston, USA 
• 2006 Cicada Trading, Paris, France 
• 2006 Cicada Trading, Bahrain Art Society, the Kingdom of Bahrain 
• 2006 Cicada Trading, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates




Jeannie Petyarre

Born:         c1951
Region:      Utopia, Northern Territory
Language: Anmatyerr
Jeannie Petyarre Aboriginal Art
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