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Ada Bird Petyarre

Ada Bird Petyarre was born at Akaye Soakage, Utopia 1930c. She is an Anmatyerre speaker and her country is Atnangkere. Ada has painted silk batiks and used acrylic paint to paint on canvas and linen.  The traditional stories that she paints are Mountain Devil Lizard, Emu, Pencil Yam, Grass Seeds, and Small Brown Grass.

Ada is one of seven sisters, all of whom are accomplished artists in their own right.  Her siblings include Kathleen Petyarre, Gloria Tamerre Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre, Violet Petyarre, Jeannie Petyarre, and Nancy Petyarre.  The Petyarres are one of Australia’s most remarkable artistic families and their work is approachable, filled with movement and energy, and composed of the colours of the deserts of the Utopia Region.

Sadly, Ada Bird passed away in 2010.


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