Allens

Gloria Tamerre Petyarre

awelye 1992 by Gloria Petyarre
Untitled (Awelye) 1992
acrylic on canvas
132 x 132cm unframed

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Brief biography

Born around 1945 in the country of Atnangkere, Gloria Tamerre Pettyare is the most consistently well-known painter of the seven Petyarre sisters. She paints landscapes (having won the Wynne Prize for landscape in 1995) but also paints Awelye (women's ceremonies) derived from women's body-paint designs and those of the Arnkerrth (Mountain Devil Lizard). Other subjects are based on a great variety of bush food. A leading member of the Utopia batik group in the 1980s, she travelled to Ireland, England, France, Thailand and India, representing the Utopia women with the exhibition Utopia – A Picture Story, the Holmes a Court Collection, 1990. Petyarre is one of the most widely exhibited Utopia artists, and her works have been shown nationally and internationally.

About the works

Petyarre paints traditional women's business subjects. Using close tonal values of different colours to create a dynamic optical intensity, she continually experiments in her practice with powerful structural linear patterns derived from body painting, outlined with single dots. Her paintings are often developed to a sophisticated level of abstraction typical of much contemporary painting.

Works in the Allens collection

Awelye 1989
acrylic on linen
90 x 60cm unframed

Awelye 1990
silkscreen print 2/50
56 x 76cm unframed

Untitled (Awelye) 1992
acrylic on canvas
132 x 132cm unframed

Untitled 1995
acrylic on canvas
203 x 78cm unframed

Untitled 1995
acrylic on paper
56 x 76cm unframed

Untitled 1996
acrylic on paper
47 x 56cm unframed

Untitled 1996
acrylic on paper
47 x 56cm unframed

Untitled 1996
acrylic on canvas
188 x 60cm unframed

Untitled 1998
acrylic on linen
191 x 56cm unframed

Untitled
acrylic on polycotton
180 x 180cm unframed