Bush Medicine Mulga Leaves


150 x 90 2016

1 in stock

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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

Artbank, Sydney

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

Victorian Museum

Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, U.S.A.

Wollongong University Collection

Westpac Collection, New York


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Weight 4 kg


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