Anna Price Petyarre

Anna Price Petyarre

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DOB: 1960
Born: Boundary Bore, Utopia, NT

Anna Price Petyarre, born 1960, is an Anmatyerre woman from the Boundary Bore area of the former Utopia Station, north east of Alice Springs. Anna is also known as Anna Pitjara, Anna Price and Anna Price Pitjara. She is the daughter of the late Glory Ngarla (Ngale, or Ngal) and niece to the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Anna began painting in the early 1980s.

Anna initially primarily painted Yam Seed Dreaming in a colourful and intricate expression of the songs and stories associated with her plant totem, the Bush Yam, and its seeds. The Bush Yam has been a staple food and water source for the Anmatyerre people for countless years and the seeds that form and scatter from the plant are ground up to make flour for damper. During ceremony, it is Anna's duty to pay homage to the yam seeds and give thanks for their abundance and regenerative qualities. By painting to the tempo of a ceremonial song, Anna expresses her connection to her plant totem in a permanent medium.

A versatile and creative artist Anna has changed her painting style radically several times over the last decade and now concentrates on extremely finely dotted works which represent her country and its ceremonial sites at Boundary Bore.


  • Art Bank, Sydney
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
  • Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
  • The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
  • Anthropology Art Museum, Perth
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Victorian Art Centre, Melbourne
  • Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Moitiers, Switzerland

Awards and Recognition

2021 Calleen Art Award, Cowra Art Gallery - Finalist
2014 Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, NT: Artist in Residence
1998 15th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009 Anna Petyarre, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2008 Anna Petyarre, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2006 Anna Petyarre, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2004 Anna Price, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Mid-Winter Mofo, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Pointillism Perfection, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Top 20 Exhibition, Art Mob, Hobart
2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Spring Collection: Exhibition to celebrate our beautiful Spring Collection, Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney
2017 Intricate Expressions, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2013 Desert Rouges, Histoires Aborigenes Gallery, Galerie Art Diaphragme, Auxerre, France
2012 Little Gems, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2012 Black and White, Muk Muk Gallery, Alice Springs
2011 Wet Paint, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2011 In Black and White, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2009 Utopia 09, Neo Gallery, Brisbane
2009 Grand Opening, Aboriginal Dreamtime Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2008 Three Petyarres, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2008 Australian Aboriginal Art, Alice Sundown Aboriginal Art, Darwin
2007 Journeys and Dreams, Gecko Gallery, Broome
2007 Utopia and Beyond 2007 - Aboriginal Desert Art from East to West, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
2007 Women of Utopia, Addison Road Gallery, Sydney
2006 Glen Eira Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Small Wonders, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2005 Yam Dreaming - Atnwelarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich, New York and Philadelphia
2004 Galerie Le Temps du Reve, Pont-Aven, France
2003 Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, USA
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 Heart and Soul, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2002 Galerie Le Temps du Reve, Pont-Aven, France
2002 Women's Business, Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago
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.
2002 Generations, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2002 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2002 Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Painting Country, Tandanya
2001 Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2001 Raintree Aboriginal Art Gallery, Darwin
2000 Artists of Utopia, Tandanya, Adelaide
2000 DACOU (in association with AMP), Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
1999 Caring for Country - Artists of Utopia, Tandanya
1999 DACOU Gallery, Adelaide
1999 BMG Art, Adelaide
1998 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
1997 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
1997 DACOU Gallery, Adelaide
1996 Utopia Dreaming, Soho Gallery, Sydney