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Australian Aboriginal Art by Gloria Tamerre Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre was born in Utopia in 1945 at Atnangkere Soakage, Northern Territory. In the 1970s, Gloria was a founding member of the Utopia Women's Batik Group. With wonderful confidence, she merged the traditional iconography of the Anmmatyerre onto the new medium of silk. A very innovative and dynamic artist, she exerted a great influence on others in the group. In the early 1980s, Gloria made her first painting on canvas (for CAAMA's Summer Project exhibition) and soon developed her unique style of depicting the stories and her understanding of the traditional country. In 1995/96, she received a Full Fellowship Grant from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board of The Australia Council. Gloria's family include Kathleen, Myrtle, Rosemary and many more outstanding Utopia artists who are taking desert art to amazing new heights.

Gloria's work has been exhibited in Australia France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, United Kingdom and U.S.A.

Selected Awards & Commissions:

1999 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW; 1993 Mural for Kansas City Zoo, U.S.A.; 1994 Tapestry Commission for the Law Courts, Brisbane, Queensland.

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