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Gloria Petyarre

DOB: 1942

BORN: Mosquito Bore, Utopia, Northern Territory
LANGUAGE GROUP: Anmatyerre
COMMUNITY: Utopia, Northern Territory

Gloria Petyarre/Pitjara (1942–8 June 2021) is widely recognised as being one of the most significant artists of the Australian Aboriginal Art movement. Gloria commenced what would become one of the most influential careers of the movement by participating in the Utopian Women's Batik Group in 1977, which was launched by the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA). This ambitious project sought to collect and record the cultural significance of the women’s ceremonies of the Utopian Aboriginal Lands of the Eastern Desert – ceremonies that had hitherto been shared through a common language group. The artists from Utopia had no history of association with ‘dotting’, which had evolved from the epic creations that storytellers made directly into the surface of the desert using sticks and hands, or raark (crosshatch), which had evolved from the rock art sites throughout the vast Arnhem Land escarpment.

 

Gloria is internationally recognised for her exquisite ‘Bush Medicine Leaves’ paintings, which share the story of the bush medicine leaf ceremony, where the women collect the leaves that have fallen from the Kurrajong trees and boil them up to make bush medicine. In 1999, Gloria’s ‘Leaves’ won the prestigious The Wynne Prize – an Australian landscape painting or figure sculpture art prize. As one of Australia's longest-running art prizes, The Wynne Prize was established in 1897 from the bequest of Richard Wynne and is now held concurrently with The Sir John Sulman Prize and The Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. 

 

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Title: Bush Medicine Leaves

Artist: Gloria Petyarre

Acrylic on canvas

Painted: 2015

Size: 150cm x 91cm approximately

Catalogue number: CAA19141

Price: $17,000.00

Provenance: Central Aboriginal Artists
> Private Collection

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Title: Bush Medicine Leaves

Artist: Gloria Petyarre

Acrylic on canvas

Painted: 2015

Size: 150cm x 90cm approximately

Catalogue number: CAA18915

Price: $17,000.00

Provenance: Central Aboriginal Artists
> Private Collection

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Title: Bush Medicine Leaves

Artist: Gloria Petyarre

Acrylic on canvas

Painted: 2013

Size: TBC

Catalogue number: Uncatalogued

Price: POA

Provenance: Iranti Art Gallery > Private Collection

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Title: Bush Medicine Leaves

Artist: Gloria Petyarre

Acrylic on canvas

Painted: 2013

Size: 199cm x 146cm approximately

Catalogue number: Uncatalogued

Price: POA

Provenance: Countrymen Art 777 > Private Collection

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Title: Bush Medicine Leaves

Artist: Gloria Petyarre

Acrylic on canvas

Painted: 2010

Size: 290cm x 147cm approximately

Catalogue number: AMA/GP11214-10

Price: POA

Provenance: Aboriginal and Modern Art Gallery of Australia (AMAGOA) > Private Collection

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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