This painting by Gloria Petyarre demonstrates her intricate brush work and her ability to show movement in her canvas. Gloria Petyarre began painting her stories in Batik and has developed her colour palate and style to make the most of the Acrylic on canvas medium.
Mulga leaves are traditionally collected for bush medicine by the women who live in Utopia. They also happen to be Gloria’s main subject matter when painting. In this case the leaves are shown as small where some of her other paintings show the leaves as large vibrant brush strokes jumping from the canvas. Gloria is a prolific artist and despite the limited subject matter she creates truly unique paintings.
Gloria has worked featured at the art gallery of NSW and the national gallery in canberra. One of her large paintings is hung in the Prime Ministers residence and she has been selected for the Wynne Prize as a finalist at the AGNSW twice in the last 5 years. Gloria Petyarre has practised her Bush Medicine Leaves story for the last 30 years, honing her skills to portray the tiny mulga leaves in a way which the viewer sees and feels the wind rushing through the leaves. the gentle movement of the leaves is mesmerizing and relaxing, adding a layer of sophistication to any home or office environment. Her strength is bridging the gap between the desert rawness and the clean interior lines desired by many city dwellers.