Violet Petyarre is sister to artists Kathleen, Gloria, Ada Bird, Nancy, Myrtle and Jean Petyarre. Like the majority of her sisters, she was involved in the batik movement that established the women artists of Utopia. Her work is represented in the Holmes á Court collection.
Violet usually paints the Mountain Devil Lizard (from her father’s country), using strong linear patterns and colours.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica USA
2003 ‘Violet’, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
1988 The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the N.T., Darwin
1989 Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works On Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
1990 Utopia A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the
Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland.
1991 Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.
1996 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, South Australia
1996 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1997 Songlines Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Mountain Devil Lizard – Arnkerrthe, Myrtle Petyarre, Nancy Petyarre
and Violet Petyarre, July Exhibition: Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2001 Seven Sisters Petyarre: Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Seven Sisters, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank in conjunction
with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA
2003 Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR USA
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville,
Hartford and Greenwich
2005 ‘Small Wonders’ (A collection of 1’x1’ and 1’x1½’ paintings),
Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T
2004-2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
Desart, the Aboriginal Art Centers of Central Australia,