Jeannie Petyarre

Jeannie Petyarre

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DOB: 1956
Born: Boundary Bore, Utopia, NT

Jeannie Petyarre (Pitjara) was born in c.1956 on the Boundary Bore Outstation of Utopia in Central Australia. An established artist in Utopia, Jeannie is the niece to the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. In the early 1980's, when Jeannie was living at Boundary Bore Outstation with her family, husband Henry Long Kemarre and their six children, Jeannie was introduced to the art of Batik. Jeannie was encouraged by her aunt, Emily Kngwarreye to continue to paint her family's Yam Dreaming. In 1990, her work was chosen to be part of the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, which toured extensively and was featured in their book "Utopia - A Picture Story". All of Jeannie's Dreamtime stories come from the Alhalkere Country and are passed down to her from her father's side. Jeannie paints the Yam Seed, Yam Leaf, Yam Flower Dreamings, body paint, Mountain Devil Lizard and My Country Dreamings. Jeannie's tribal name is "Angiltha" which means little lizard.


  • Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021 Sounds of Summer 2, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle
2021 Top 20 2021, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Central Focus, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Top 20 Exhibition, Art Mob, Hobart
2019 Summer Show & Art Parade, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2011 Thinking outside the square, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009 Jeannie Petyarre: Medicine Leaves, Aboriginal Dreaming Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2008 Three Petyarres", Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2006 Cicada Trading, Paris
2006 Cicada Trading, Bahrain Art Society, The Kingdom of Bahrain
2006 Cicada Trading, Annual Clear Lake Exhibition of Aboriginal Paintings, Houston
2006 Cicada Trading, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2006 Cicada Trading, Dubai
2005 Cicada Trading, Milan
2005 Cicada Trading, Illayda, Istanbul
1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1990 A Picture Story exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopian artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings the first works on canvas