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KATHLEEN PETYARRE born c. 1940 - d.2018





Atnangkere Soakage, Northern Territory




Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming


Born c.1940 at Atnangkere Soakage, Northern Territory. In 1977, Kathleen was a founding member of the Utopia Women's Batik Group. With wonderful confidence, she merged the traditional iconography of the Anmatyerre 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, Kathleen made her first paintings 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. Her dreaming relate to the Mountain Devil Lizard, (Thorny devil lizard) which lives throughout the harsh desert region.

Kathleen is regarded as one of the most recognized and established indigenous artists in Australia and Internationally. She has had numerous exhibitions both nationally and abroad and her works are highly sought after by collectors and State galleries alike.


Selected Collections:

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
ATSIC Collection, Adelaide
Collection de Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, Paris, France
Edith Cowan University, Perth
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Peabody Anthropology and Ethnology Museum, Havard University, USA
Riddoch Regional Art Gallery, Mount Gambier, SA
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
The John W. Kluge Collection, Charlottesville, Va, USA
The Kelton Foundation, California, USA




1996 Winner Telstra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
1997 Winner of the Visy Board Art Prize
1998 Winner Peoples Choice Award Seppelts Contemporary Art Award