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Kathleen Petyarre

Kathleen Petyarre From: Utopia
Language: Anmatyerre
Clan: Alyawarre/Eastern Anmatyarre
Born: c1940
Kathleen is one of a famous family of aboriginal women painters Ada Bird, Violet, Myrtle and Gloria. She hails from the eastern desert community of Utopia, 230 kilometres northeast of Alice Springs. The region’s art movement began in the late 1970’s when a batik fabric-making workshop was introduced to the community. Kathleen joined up and was on her way to becoming one of the most widely recognised indigenous artists.Like other Central Australian and Western Desert Indigenous artists, Kathleen represents her Ancestor’s travels over Atnangker country and act as a visual depiction standing for something very important.
Kathleen’s subjects include Mountain Desert Lizard, Emu Dreaming and Bush Seed.Kathleen has featured in numerous exhibitions,(few other aboriginal artist can match that),all over Australia and around the world, some of which include – Sydney Craft Expo, Chicago Art 99 USA, San Francisco Art Exposition USA to name but a few.Some of her Awards:
• 1996 Overall Winner of the Telstra 13th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, NT, Australia.
• 1997 Overall Winner of the Visy Board Art Prize, the Barossa Vintage Festival Art Show, Nurioopta SA, Australia.
• 1998 Finalist, 1998 Seppelts Contemporary Art Award – Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW Australia.
• 1998 Winner, People’s Choice Award, 1998 Seppelts Contemporary Art Award, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia.Selected Exhibitions
• 1991 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
• 1995 Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
• 1998 Arnkerrthe – My Dreaming, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne VIC, Australia, 24 July – 15 August
• 1999 Recent Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Coo-ee Gallery, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 4 – 21 November
• 2000 Kathleen Petyarre, Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia
• 2000 New Directions in Contemporary Aboriginal Painting, Songlines Gallery, San Francisco CA, USA
• 2001 Genius of Place. The work of Kathleen Petyarre. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW, Australia
• 2002 Gallerie Commines, Paris, France
• 2006 Galerie Clément, Vevey, Switzerland
• 2006 Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA
• 2006 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA
• 2006 Prism – Contemporary Australian Art at the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
• 2007 Galerie Rigassi, Bern, Switzerland
• 2007 Gallery Anthony Curtis, Boston MA, USASelected Collections
Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Quai Branly, Paris, France
Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France
Kunsthaus – Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
The Vroom Collection, The Netherlands
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, USA
The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles CA, USA
Harvard University (Peabody-Essex Anthropology and Ethnology Museum), Salem MA, USA
The Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle WA, USA
The Kluge-Rhue Collection, University of West Virginia VA, USA
Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Indonesia
National Gallery of Australia – Collection of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II, Canberra ACT, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney NSW, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA, Australia
The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth WA, Australia
The Museum & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT, Australia
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA, Australia
A.T.S.I.C. Collection, Adelaide SA, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC, Australia
University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide SA, Australia
Edith Cowan University, Perth WA, Australia

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