Violet Petyarre

Violet Petyarre
Born: c. 1942
Location: Anmatyerre
Language: Eastern Anmatyerre

Violet Petyarre’s artistic endeavours commenced in 1977 with Batik tie-dying and woodblock printing techniques, in which her Dreaming references were burnt into wood with hot wire and then ‘stamped’ onto fabric. Colours were then applied and these bright fabric panels were then sewn into garments that were welcomed by the Utopia women. With other Utopia women, Violet Petyarre’s first works-on-canvas evolved through a special local project entitled ‘Utopia Women’s Paintings – A Summer Project 1988-1989’ (The Holmes a’ Court Collection). This project engendered a new direction of artistic output, launching Utopia as a major centre for Indigenous art and placing it firmly within the context of the Australian contemporary art scene.

Australian Aboriginal artist Violet Petyarre portrayed her Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming through complex lines and dotting drawn on silk textiles (National Gallery of Victoria Collection).

She continued this style in 1988 with her works-on-canvas, which she produced alongside her sister Kathleen Petyarre and her Aunt, the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

In 2007, Violet Petyarre continues artistic experimentation through the introduction of bold new colours, which you can see in the works we have on offer at Indigenous Instyle.

Violet Petyarre has firmly positioned herself as a major artist in Utopian and Australian contemporary art. She belongs to the Anmatyerr clan and speaks Eastern Anmatyerr with English as a second language.

Violet Petyarre settled at Iylently (Mosquito Bore) near Utopia Station with her seven sisters, Kathleen, Gloria, Nancy, Myrtle, Ada and Gina establishing a family camp which she still frequently re-visits today. Violet Petyarre (with her brothers and sisters) has custodial rights of the Arnkerrth Dreaming (Mountain Devil Lizard), which together with its associated narrative, is referenced in all works of Violet Petyarre.

Violet Petyarre’s role as a foundation member of the Utopia arts community together with her artistic individualism has firmly endorsed her position as an important contributor to Australia’s art history.

: Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming
: Violet Petyarre
: 89.5cm x 70.5cm
: $2250.00

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Title: Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming002
: Violet Petyarre
: 89.5cm x 70.5cm
: $2250.00

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Solo Exhibition

2002 First Solo Exhibition, Fire-works Gallery, Brisbane, Qld., July 5th – 28th July, 2002

Group Exhibitions

2002 SALA Festival, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA, 2 – 11 August.
Violet Petyarre & Abie Loy, Art Empire, Mary Place Gallery, Paddington, 12 – 17th November.
2000 The Collection, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, South Australia, 4 March – 30 April.
Utopia, Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, 10 – 27th March.
1999 North by North East, Landscape & Ceremonial paintings from Utopia, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic., Australia, 8 – 30 July.
SALA Week, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA., 1st August – 8th August.
Joint Indonesian – Utopia Batik Workshop for Third Pacific Arts Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Qld., 9 September – 26 January 2000.
16th Telstra NATSIAA, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT., August – Nov.
Utopia Recent Works, King Street Gallery, Perth, WA., 12th Nov. – Feb., 2000.
1998 Our Country Then and Now, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, S.A. Australia
Raiki Wara: Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, 3rd September.
15th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Exhibition, Darwin, NT, Australia, 18th September – 29th November.
“Belonging to Mother Earth” – Indigenous Wisdom and Healing Conference, Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.A. October 4th -10th.
Utopia Dreamings, Japingka Gallery, Perth W.A. Australia, 11th Dec – 28th Jan.,1999.
1997 Songlines Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aborigional Australia, Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Indonesia.
Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aborigional Australia, Galerie Ardiyanto, Jogyakarta, Indonesia.
Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aborigional Australia, The National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Alice Prize Art Exhibition, Alice Springs, N.T. Australia.
Japingka Gallery, Desert Designs, Perth, W.A. Australia
1996 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
1995 Hot Wax National Touring Exhibition, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT, Australia.
1990 The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, WA, Australia.
The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland.
The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland.
Limmerick City Gallery of Art, Limmerick, Ireland.
James Ford Bell Museum, University of Minnesota, USA.
Lakewood Centre for the Arts, Lake Oswego, USA.
1989 “Utopia – A Picture Strory: 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection”, Meat Market Gallery, Melbourne, Vic, Australia.
“A Summer Project: Utopia Womens Paintings (The First Works on Canvas), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, NSW, Australia.
Coventry Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Tandanya, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
1980 Utopia Batik, Artworks Gallery, Alice Springs. NT, Australia.


Adelaide Festival Centre Trust Collection, Adelaide, South Australia.
The Adelaide University Art Collection, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
The Australian Embassy Collection, Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA, Australia.
The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
The Kelton Collection, Los Angeles, USA.
Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Indonesia.
The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic.
The Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT


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