This painting by Gloria Petyarre of Bush Medicine Mulga Leaves demonstrates her intricate brush work and her ability to show movement in her canvas.
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.
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.
She has been included in the following collections.
Allen, Allen and Hemsley Lawyers
Art Gallery of New South Wales
British Museum, London
Flinders University Adelaide
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Griffith University Collection
Macquarie Bank, Sydney
Museum of Fine arts in San Francisco
Museums and Art Gallery of the NT
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Powerhouse Museum Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Queensland University of Technology
Robert Holmes a’ Court Collection
Singapore Art Museum
Supreme Court, Brisbane
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, U.S.A.
Wollongong University Collection
Westpac Collection, New York