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 large, expressive dabs of colour, overlapping across the canvas where some of her other paintings show the leaves as intricate, slowly moving patterns. 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 Minister’s 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 mesmerising and relaxing, adding a layer of sophistication to any home or office environment.