ABORIGINAL EXHIBITION | 'Ambatye Urrpetye' Petyarre, Pula, Kemarre

ABORIGINAL EXHIBITION | 'Ambatye Urrpetye' Petyarre, Pula, Kemarre

5 - 29 July 2017

Australian Indigenous art is one of the oldest ongoing traditions of art in the world. Aboriginal art depicts culture, tradition and stories from the past. It is a way that Aboriginal people share and continue their culture and their history.

To ensure the ongoing survival of Aboriginal culture the stories, traditions, rights and history are passed from generation to generation via song, dance, ceremony and design. Kathleen Petyarre, Margaret Loy Pula, Abie Loy Kemarre

The name Petyarre represents one of the greatest family Aboriginal art dynasty’s that Australia has seen. The Petyarre sisters – Ada (dec), Violet, Myrtle (dec), Gloria, Nancy (dec) and Kathleen have won most of the highest artistic accolades available to them and their artworks collected into some of the greatest art collections around the world.

The ongoing dynasty of one of these hierarchs is that of Kathleen Petyarreher daughter Margaret Loy Pula and granddaughter Abie Loy Kemarre. 

Born in the 1940’s at Utopia, an Indigenous community approx. 240 kilometres north east of Alice Springs in Central Australia Kathleen Petyarre initially worked in producing batik works and then took up painting on canvas in 1988.

Kathleen Petyarre, Margaret Loy Pula, Abie Loy Kemarre

Kathleen Petyarre, 'Bush Seed Dreaming' 90 x 90cm


In 2001 Kathleen won the prestigious 13th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and her work was acquired by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

'Genius of Place' a book about her art, was published in 2001 in conjunction with a solo exhibition of her works at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Margaret Loy Pula paints her culture and her father’s dreaming. Her main story is “Anatye” or Bush Potato dreaming which has been the recipient of numerous awards over the last 6 years.  

In 2012 Margaret was the first Indigenous artist to win the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in South Australia. In 2011, she was the first female artist to win the Sunshine Coast Art Prize (QLD) and in the same year the first female artist to win the Paddington Art Prize (Sydney). 

  • Margaret Loy Pula

    Margaret Loy Pula, 'Anatye (Bush Potato)

Last month Margaret won the Arthur Guy Memorial Prize (2017) at the Bendigo Art Gallery and has also won the Redland Art Prize (2014), the inaugural Grace Cossington Smith Art Prize (2014) and the Muswellbrook Art Prize (2013). She has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize (2012), Sulman Prize (2013), Blake Prize (2013), Gold Coast Art Prize (2011), Fleurieu Art Prize (2013), Calleen Art Prize (2015).

Abie Loy Kemarre is a highly accoladed artist and is regarded as one of the leading contemporary Indigenous artists in Australia, her paintings have evolved with the masterful use of colours and bold, abstract forms to represent her inherited Dreamings.

Abie has been a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin on several occasions and she has exhibited with Australian and overseas.

Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre, 'Awelye' (Body Painting) detail

The works in this Aboriginal art exhibition show the generational stories and artistic styles that have been passed from grandmother to daughter to granddaughter.

Collectively the paintings reflect the ongoing culture and tradition of the Anmatyerre women of Utopia in Central Australia.

The exhibition is showing 5th - 29th July 2017. To view all works in the exhibition online click here.

Join us on Saturday 8th July for a Curator's Talk discussing the artist's and the artworks in the exhibition which will be held in the gallery from 2pm.


To enquire on available works phone (07) 3254 2297 or email admin@mitchellfineartgallery.com

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