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Australian Aboriginal Art by Gracie Morton Nangale

Gracie Morton Nangale was born in Utopia, Northern Territory in 1956. She now lives in the central desert.

There is a rich artistic tradition that runs in Gracie’s family and she is related to a string of well respected artists. Her mother is Myrtle Petyarre and she is sister to Gloria, Kathleen, Violet, Mrytle and Ada Bird Petyarre, all well established artists. Her sisters Mary, Rita and Elizabeth also paint. Cindy Morton is her daughter, one of the major up and coming young Utopia stars.

Gracie started to paint on batik and her work was first featured in the Robert Holmes ŕ Court Collection. She has been painting on canvas since the early 1990’s and her work has been well received in galleries throughout Australia and internationally. Gracie paints her father’s dreaming ‘The Bush Plum’. She uses fine dot-work to depict the land and growth of the Bush Plum.


  • 2006 "The Art of Survival", The Roundhouse, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2007 "The Art of Survival", Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • (011-34) 17.5 X 36.5

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