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"Mountain Desert Lizzard"

Acrylic on linen 1000 x 900mm

Clearly signed verso and comes with photo of artist signing work and a Certificate of Authenticity from Prestige Gallery, South Australia


When I (Sabine Haider, Director of Central Art) think of Gloria Petyarre I have to smile, she is a no nonsense woman with a good sense of humour. She is strong and bold just like her artworks. I have known Gloria for many years and find her artworks to be soothing for the soul. When I glaze upon her artworks all my senses come to life, particularly her Bush Medicine Dreaming paintings – I can almost feel, hear, see the grass swaying in the wind on a hot summers day.

Gloria Tamerre Petyarre was born in approximately 1945 and is from Atnangkere soakage in the Utopia region in Central Australia. She is part of the Anmatyerre language group. Gloria is a very well know artist and significant figure in contemporary Indigenous Australian art. Gloria and her five sisters, Kathleen Petyarre, Ada Bird Petyarre (now passed away), Myrtle Petyarre, Violet Petyarre and Nancy Petyarre (now passed away) are all talented artists and the nieces of the famous Utopian artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Gloria became involved in the Utopian art movement like many others from this generation, through the community project titled “Utopia – A Picture Story” in the late 1970’s, it was a joint venture which brought silk batik making into the community.It was a huge success resulting in the whole collection being acquired by the Holmes a Court Collection. Gloria became one of the founding members of the Utopia Women’s Batik Group.

In 1989 Gloria was also involved in the “Summer Project” at Utopia where canvas and acrylic paints were introduced to the women. In 1990 she travelled to Ireland, England and India as part of the “Utopia – A Picture Story” exhibition.

Gloria is the custodian of several Dreaming stories including the Pencil Yam, Bean, Emu, and Mountain Desert Lizard.

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