Kathleen Petyarre

Kathleen Petyarre

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DOB: c. 1940 - 24 Nov 2018
Born: Atnangkere, Utopia, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Anmatyerre
COMMUNITY: Utopia, NT

Kathleen (or Kweyetwemp in her Eastern Anmatyerre tongue) Petyarre was born c. 1940 at Atnangkere on Utopia Station, 270km north east of Alice Springs. She first encountered white man in the late 1940s and starting her integration into western society when working on various pastoral leases as she grew up.

In 1969 she was successful in applying for a job at Utopia school where she stayed for 20 years. During that time she worked on batik, and then started painting as part of CAAMA's Summer Project in 1988-89.

In 1996 Kathleen won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) and her painting career blossomed from there. She has been exhibited overseas numerous times and in 2001 had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

In general, her work is minimalistic and characterised by the fine dotting technique she uses to represent mental maps of her country. Her signature work is the Mountain or Thorny Devil Lizard Dreaming, which gives a unique representation of this small creature's travels across Kathleen's country during the Creation era. Another signature genre is Bush Seeds.

Kathleen Petyarre is a blood sister of the respected artists Gloria, Violet and Ada Bird Petyarre, a great niece of the feted Emily Kame Kngwarreye and skin sister to Jeannie and Rosemary Petyarre. She is extensively exhibited in public and private galleries. Kathleen spent her time between Alice Springs and her home country, Utopia.

Dr Christine Nicholls reported that Kathleen passed away on 24 November 2018 in Alice Springs, surrounded by family and loved ones, at about the age of 80.

Collections

  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice
  • Pat Corrigan Collection, Sydney
  • A.T.S.I.C. Collection, Adelaide
  • Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Edith Cowan University, Perth
  • Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
  • Harvard University (Peabody-Essex Anthropology and Ethnology Museum), Salem, Massachusetts, USA
  • Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles
  • Kluge-Rhue Collection, University of West Virginia VA
  • Kunsthaus - Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle
  • Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, Quai Branly, Paris
  • Musee des Confluences, Lyon
  • Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Indonesia
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
  • The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
  • The Museum & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • The Vroom Collection, The Netherlands
  • University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide
  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Morven Estate Collection, Charlottesville, USA
  • Songlines Aboriginal Art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • The Araluen Art Collection, Alice Springs
  • The Holt Collection, Delmore Downs Station, N.T.
  • Riddoch Regional Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, S.A.
  • The Hilton Group Superannuation Fund

Awards and Recognition

2002 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2001 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2000 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
1998 Seppelts Contemporary Art Award, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney - Winner People's Choice Awards
1998 15th NATSIAA - Finalist
1997 Visy Board Art Prize, Barossa Vintage Festival Art Show, Nurioopta - Winner
1997 John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1996 13th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist and Winner







History


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Amazing 11: Amazing Women Artists from the Central and Western Deserts, Central Art – Aboriginal Art Store, Alice Springs
2007 Gallery Anthony Curtis, Boston
2007 Galerie Rigassi, Bern
2006 Prism - Contemporary Australian Art at the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo
2003 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2006 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, USA
2006 Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, NH, USA
2006 Galerie Clement, Vevey, Switzerland
2002 Gallerie Commines, Paris
2002 Aboriginal Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
2001 Genius of Place - The work of Kathleen Petyarre, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2000 Landscape: Truth and Beauty, recent Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Kathleen Petyarre, Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney
2000 New Directions in Contemporary Aboriginal Painting, Songlines Gallery, USA
2000 Landscape: Truth and Beauty, Recent Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Recent Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Mary Place, Sydney
1999 Recent Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Coo-ee Gallery, Mary Place, Sydney
1999 Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, QLD
1999 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1999 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1998 Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide
1998 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1998 Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1998 Arnkerrthe - My Dreaming, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
1996 Kathleen Petyarre - Storm in Atnangkere Country, Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne
1994 Kathleen Petyarre - Atnangkere Country, Delmore Gallery, via Alice Springs


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021 My Land, My Dreaming, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA
2021 Private Collection | Private View: One Collector's Passion & Soul, Cooee Art, Redfern
2021 Voyage across Aboriginal Australia - Founders' Favourites, Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Moitiers, Switzerland
2020 2020 Pointillism Perfection, Art Mob, Hobart
2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Significant, D'Lan Contemporary, Melbourne
2017 The Golden Age of Utopia, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Gallery, Brussels
2016 Utopia Sisters - The Petyarre Women, Delmore Gallery with RedSea Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2010 Gooch's Utopia: collected works from the Central Desert, Flinders University touring exhibition, Art Gallery of Macquarie University, Sydney
2007 The Petyarre Sisters 2007, Central Art - Aboriginal Art Store, Alice Springs
1999 My Dreaming, Redrock Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Belonging to Mother Earth - Indigenous Wisdom and Healing Conference, Virginia Beach, USA
1998 Raiki Wara, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1998 Expanse: Aboriginalities, Spatialities and the Politics of Ecstasy, University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide
1998 Our Country - Then and Now, Gallerie Australia, Adelaide
1997 Schilderrijen mit Utopia, Songlines Aboriginal Art Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1997 Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Paintings, Songlines Aboriginal Art, Kassel, Germany
1996 Dreaming of the Desert, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1996 Dreampower, Art of Contemporary Aboriginal Australia, Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, USA
1989 A Summer Project. Utopia Women’s Painting, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1989 Utopia Women, Coventry Gallery, Sydney (sourced from Delmore Gallery)