Mulga Leaves – This painting by Gloria Petyarre uses large brush strokes to depict the Mulga Leaves that bush medicine is made from. The women in Utopia usually paint bush medicine stories or stories associated with women’s ceremonies performed in the area. The Mulga Leaves are used in both food and medicine
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 Mulga Leaves
Gloria’s work is represented in most public galleries and many significant corporate collections. 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. She was also the subject of a work by Jenny Sages in the Archibald Prize in 2011 .