BORN: Utopia, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Anmatyerre
COMMUNITY: Utopia, NT
Rosemary Petyarre was born in c.1961 on the Boundary Bore Outstation of Utopia in the Northern Territory, located 270 km northeast of Alice Springs.
One of a group of Anmatyerre women at the forefront of the art movement in the Utopia area she was amongst a group of women from Utopia who travelled to Indonesia to learn different techniques for producing batik. Following the Holmes a Court Summer Project, sponsored by CAAMA in 1988-89, she commenced painting with acrylic on canvas.
As a bush woman, Rosemary Petyarre is familiar with her land and its abundant species of bush tucker, medicinal plants and native fauna. She inherited these stories, along with important women’s stories, from her ancestors via her aunt Emily and they form the basis of her paintings. The subject of many of Rosemary Petyarre’s paintings is a representation of leaves collected around her country and used for a variety of medicinal purposes. In particular, she returns again and again to Bush Yam Leaves and Bush Medicine, depicting these themes with flowing representations of the leaves. Typical of the Utopia artists, Rosemary Petyarre rejoices in the use of colour.
Rosemary Petyarre is the sister of famous Aboriginal artist Greenie Purvis Petyarre.
- Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 Utopia & Beyond, Art Mob, Hobart
2022 Connection, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2021 Sounds of Summer 2, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle
2021 Across the Top 2021, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Central Focus, Art Mob, Hobart
2019 Summer Show & Art Parade, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2011 Thinking outside the square, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2010 Stories from the Centre, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2008 Black & White: Inspired by Landscapes, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
1996 The Meeting Place, touring exhibition, Australia
1996 Nangara, Stitching Sint-Jan, Brugge, The Netherlands
1998 Dacou Gallery, Australia
1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Exhibition, Alice Springs
1990 Utopia – A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Ireland and Scotland
1989 Utopia Women’s Paintings: A Summer Project