عربي English Français
  home  
Kathleen Petyarre

Kathleen Petyarre

visita la galleria online

Kathleen Petyarre was born at the remote location of Atnangkere, an important water soakage for Aboriginal people on the western boundary of Utopia Station, 170 miles north-east of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Kathleen Petyarre is a highly respected artist from the Utopia region. Beginning with the batik movement in 1978 and then with painting in 1988 and 89.

Kathleen, with her daughter Margaret and her sisters, settled at Mosquito Bore, on Utopia Station near her birthplace. Kathleen now spends part of the year at her residence in Adelaide. Kathleen's mother and seven sisters have managed to hold onto their land near Utopia Station as a group, establishing a camp at Boundary Bore. Kathleen was one of the key Anmatyerre women involved in the successful claim for the freehold title, which led to the 1979 formal hand-over of the Utopia pastoral lease back to its traditional owners.

When Kathleen was a young child, her paternal grandmother began instructing her in what is today recognised as Petyarre’s great artistic subject, the Dreaming narrative of Arnkerrth, the Old Woman Mountain Devil or Thorny Devil Lizard, Kathleen's Dreaming ancestor. The mountain devil is a small lizard, which criss crosses the vast terrain around Atnangker country in a characteristically jerky style, leaving a semi-circular pattern of tiny tracks. The enormity of its journeys can be seen in the landscape of Kathleen's works. Arnkerrth feeds on a particular type of ant and is highly skilled in the art of desert survival, on account of her astonishing capacity for self-camouflage. Taking on the colours of her immediate surroundings, whether that is the vibrant red earth of the Centre or the dull-green foliage of certain bush tucker, Arnkerrth usually succeeds in outwitting predators.

Kathleen, her sisters and brothers are the custodians of Arnkerrth (Mountain Devil Lizard or Thorny Devil Lizard Dreaming), Green Pea Dreaming, Atnangkerre (Women Hunting Ankerr (Emu) and Arengk (Dingo) Dreaming). All of her paintings directly refer to these "Dreamings" and the associated country around Utopia in the eastern central desert of Australia. Kathleen and her sisters (they all have the same father and four mothers), Ada Bird Petyarre, Gloria Petyarre, Nancy Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre, Violet Petyarre and Jean Petyarre all paint these Dreamings.

Kathleen worked as an assistant teacher in the Utopia School, near Atnangker country, from 1969 to 1989. During that time, she began working with batik in 1978 when the Utopia Batik Programme was formally established with the aid of Australian Government funding and eventually started painting with acrylics on canvas in about 1986. Today, Kathleen's work is much sought after in Australia and overseas at the upper end of the fine art market.

The importance of Kathleen's clan country serves not only as a creation site but also as a sacred place in which to reconnect to the Dreaming through ceremonies and initiation rites. Kathleen continues to demonstrate her detailed accurate knowledge and respect for country through her remarkable paintings, giving her audience an insight into her ancient world of endless beauty.

Awards:
· 1996 Joint Second Prize, Open Award Category - The Third National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Heritage Commission Art Award, Canberra, ACT., Australia.
· 1996 Overall Winner of the Telstra 13th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, NT., Australia.
· 1997 Overall Winner of the Visy Board Art Prize, the Barossa Vintage Festival Art Show, Nurioopta, SA. Australia.
· 1998 Finalist, 1998 Seppelts Contemporary Art Award - Visual Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW Australia.
· 1998 Winner, People's Choice Award, 1998 Seppelts Contemporary Art Award, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW., Australia.
Artist-in-Residence
· 1997 Art Gallery of South Australia, Desert Artists-in-Residence, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, January.
· 1997 Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, June.
Solo Exhibitions
· 1996 "Kathleen Petyarre - Storm in Aknangkerre Country" Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.
· 1998 Arnkerrthe - My Dreaming, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic., Australia, 24 July - 15 August.
· 1999 Recent Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Coo-ee Gallery, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW., Australia, 4 - 21 November.
· 2000 Landscape: Truth and Beauty, Recent Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Alcaston Gallery, November l 6th - December 6th
· 2000 Kathleen Petyarre, Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW., 9th May - 22nd July.
· 2001 Genius of Place. The work of Kathleen Petyarre. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW., Australia, May - 22nd July.

Commissions
· 1997 The John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic., Australia.

Collections
· Paintings Collection of H. M. Queen Elizabeth 11 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia
· The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, WA, Australia.
· The Museum & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT., Australia.
· Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. Australia.
· Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, S.A. Australia
· The Kluge-Rhue Collection, University of West Virginia, VA, USA.
· The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, CA., USA.
· The Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle, WA., USA
· The Morven Estate Collection, Charlottesville, USA
· Peabody - Essex Anthropology and Ethnology Museum, Harvard University, Salem, Mass., USA.
· Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
· The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Collection, Adelaide, Australia
· National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. Australia.
· University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide, S.A. Australia.
· Riddoch Regional Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, S.A. Australia.
· Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A. Australia.
· The Robert Holmes a Court Collection, WA, Australia
· The Barossa Valley Wine and Tourist Association, Nurioopta, Australia
· Collection de Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, Paris, France.

Prints & Wood-blocks
· The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
· Museum & Art Galleries of the NT, Darwin, NT., Australia.

Batik
· The Robert Holmes a Court Collection, WA, Australia depicted in a book entitled Utopia – A Picture Story
· National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
· Museum & Art Galleries of NT, Australia holds a 6m * 3m batik

Works on Permanent Loan Paintings
· 1996 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA. 1997
· The Art Gallery of Western Australian, Perth, WA, Australia.



Ultimo aggiornamento - 9-giu-2017