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Violet Petyarre


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.

Artbank, Sydney

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica USA
Solo Exhibitions

2003 ‘Violet’, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
Group Exhibitions

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
Further References

Desart, the Aboriginal Art Centers of Central Australia,

Putting in the Colour – Contemporary Aboriginal Textiles, Jukurrpa Books (IAD Press) ©2000

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