Kathleen Petyarre

Kathleen Petyarre was born in the 1940’s at Utopia,  north-east of Alice Springs in Central Australia. Kathleen Petyarre initially worked in batik and then took up painting on canvas as part of CAAMA's Summer Project in 1988-89.

Kathleen Petyarre was one of the key Anmatyerre women involved in the successful claim for the freehold title, which led to the 1979 formal hand-over of the Utopia pastoral lease back to its traditional owners. Kathleen's mother and seven sisters have managed to hold onto their land near Utopia Station.

Kathleen's paintings directly refer ther "Dreamings" and the associated country around Utopia, her Dreamings include Mountain Devil Lizard or Thorny Devil Lizard (Arnkerrthe), Women Collecing Bush Seeds. 

Kathleen Petyarre has won the NT Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award on two occasions. Most of her seven sisters are all well established artists - Ada Bird Petyarre (dec), Gloria Petyarre, Nancy Petyarre (dec), Myrtle Petyarre (dec) and Violet Petyarre. 

Kathleen Petyarre is the mother to well known artists Margaret Loy Pula and grandmother to Abie Loy Kemarre. Sadly, Kathleen passed away in November 2018.

WOMEN OF UTOPIA EXHIBITION (JUNE - JULY 2018)

'AMBATYE URPETYE' | KATHLEEN PETYARRE, MARGARET LOY PULA & ABIE LOY KEMARRE

  1. Kathleen Petyarre | Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) A14825

    93 x 106cm

    acrylic on linen

    $8,000.00
  2. Kathleen Petyarre | Bush Seed Dreaming A14769

    117 x 203cm

    acrylic on linen

    $19,000.00
  3. Kathleen Petyarre | Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) A14795

    100 x 100cm

    acrylic on linen

    $8,000.00
  4. Kathleen Petyarre | Bush Seed Dreaming A14793

    150 x 150cm

    acrylic on linen

    $18,000.00
  5. Kathleen Petyarre | Bush Seed Dreaming A14801

    109 x 115cm

    acrylic on linen

    $10,000.00
  6. Kathleen Petyarre | Bush Seed Dreaming A14745

    90 x 90cm

    acrylic on linen

    $6,500.00
  7. Kathleen Petyarre | Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) A16422

    140 x 140cm

    acrylic on linen

    $27,500.00
  8. Kathleen Petyarre | Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) A15627

    120 x 180cm

    acrylic on linen

    $30,000.00
  9. Kathleen Petyarre | Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil Lizard) A14771

    100 x 100cm

    acrylic on linen

    $8,000.00
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