Born about 1945, Gloria Petyarre is a prominent Anmatyerre artist who has been at the forefront of contemporary Australian painting for some years. Her work has been widely exhibited since 1977. Between 1977 and 1987 she participated in numerous group exhibitions with other women artists from Utopia. While she works within the bounds of traditional knowledge and often expresses Tjukurrpa themes and traditional women’s body designs, Gloria remains a contemporary artist, exhibiting a number of clear stylistic innovations, both sequential and concurrent. At the same time, the forms or structures that can be discerned underlying much of her work are reminiscent of the forms of other kin, in particular Emily Kame Kngwarreye and her sister Ada Bird.
Gloria’s work is represented in most public galleries and many significant corporate collections and in 2004 , 2005, 2007 and 2011 she was selected to exhibit in the Wynne (Landscape) Prize as a finalist at the AGNSW, having previously won this prize in 1999.
Utopia is a community in the central desert in the Northern territory. Gloria Petyarre has lived there most of her life and travels between there and Adelaide and Alice Springs.
1998 Selected entrant for the 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Award, Darwin
Art Bank (Sydney)
Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide)
Powerhouse Museum (Sydney)
Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory (Darwin)
Homes a Court Gallery and gallery Collection (Perth)
Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth)
Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane)
The Kerry Stokes Collection
Anthropology Art Museum Perth; also private and corporate collections in USA, Singapore, Ireland, India, Poland, Denmark and France.