Gloria began her career as one of the founding members of the batik print-making movement at Utopia. She took up the acrylic medium in the late 1980‘s, and quickly rose to recognition, alongside Emily Kame Kngwarreye in 1991 with the exhibition of Utopian Art in Sydney.
Gloria’s work has evolved from strictly body paint designs in her early years to more abstracted explorations of colour that express her mastery of the acrylic medium. Her work features in many important national and international collections. Gloria’s paintings are typified by their floral look, ranging form simple black and white designs to multicoloured patterns that seem to twist or move the longer you look at them.
Gloria’s Dremtime stories are……. Angertla (Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming) Engcarma (Bean) Bush Medicine Dreaming Awelye (Women’s Ceremonies) Unyara (Emu) Annlara (Pencil Yam) Kadjeta (Grass Seeds) Elaitchurunga (Small Brown Grass)
Gloria Petyarre is the neice of Emily Kngawrreye and the younger sister of Kathleen Petyarre, both famous aboriginal women artists.
She won Australia’s longest running art prize, the Wynne Prize in 1999 with “Leaves”. She traveled to Ireland, England and India in 1990 as part of the Utopia – “A Picture Story Exhibition”.
She began work on the ‘Summer Project’ in 1989 which involved translating the batik paintings onto canvas. She paints several Dreamtime stories such as Pencil Yam, Bean, Emu and Mountain Devil Lizard and Small Brown Grass.
Gloria’s unique style of painting has made her a very collectable artist, her strong rhythmic style of painting her Dreamtime stories of leaves, grasses and body paint, traditional and spiritual stories painted in a very contemporary style, show a very resolved and confident artist.
In 1995/96, she received a Full Fellowship Grant from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board of The Australia Council.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane
Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney
Flinders University, Adelaide
Griffith University Collection
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Queensland University of Technology
Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Supreme Court, Brisbane
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Westpac Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, U.S.A.
Holmes a Court Collection, Western Australia
Wollongong University Collection
Macquarie Bank, Sydney
Singapore Art Museum
British Museum, London, U.K
University of Sunshine coast Queensland
Kerry Stokes Collection
James D Wolfensohn Collection
1988 Utopia Art, Sydney
1988 Bloomfield Gallery, Sydney
1988 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1989 Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1990 Tandanya, Adelaide
1990 “Utopia”, exhibited in Ireland, U.K., India
1990 Orange Regional Gallery
1990 Third Eye Centre, Glasgow
1991, 1996 S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1991 Meat Market Gallery, Melbourne
1991, 1994, 1995, Art Gallery of N.S.W.
1991 Australia Galleries, New York, U.S.A.
1992, 1994, 1995, 1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1992 Homes a Court Collection, Bangkok, Thailand
1992 Gallery Rai,Tokyo, Japan
1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002 Royal Exhibition Hall, Melbourne
1992 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1993 Myra Morgan Gallery, Kansas, U.S.A.
1993 Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane
1993 Austral Gallery, St Louis, U.S.A.
1993 Australian Embassy, Paris, France
1995 National Gallery of Australia – Canberra Museum of Art,
1995 Gifu Museum, Japan
1995 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1995 Mitchell Galleries, State Library of N.S.W.
1995 Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
1996 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1996, 2000 Old Parliament House, Canberra
1996, 1999 Sherman Galleries, Sydney
1996 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
1997 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
1997 Australian Galleries, Sydney
1998 Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1999 Art Gallery of Western Australia
1999 Embassy of Australia, Washington, U.S.A.
1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, U.S.A.
2000 Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2000 Australian National University, Canberra
2001 Brisbane City Gallery, Qld
2001 Manawatu Gallery, New Zealand
2001 Kunst der Gegenwart, Vienna, Austria
2001 “Icons of Australian Aboriginal Art”, Singapore
2002 Singapore Art Museum
2002 Light Square Gallery, Adelaide
2002, 2003 National Gallery of Victoria at Federation Square,
2002, 2003 Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne
2002 Mythology & Reality, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy
2002 AAM Utrecht, Netherlands
2003 Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne
2003 “Big Country” Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
2003 “The Other Side of the Land” art from central Australia, Berlin, Germany
2004 Sanjski cas. “dreamtime” Cankarjev dom, Slovenia
2005 Recent paintings Gallery, Savah, Sydney
2005 Sumer in the Desert, group exhibition, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2006 APS Bendi lango Art Exhibition, Rio Tinto Offices, Melbourne
2007 Sanding on Ceremony, Tandanya Insitutue, Adelaide
2007 Utopia in New York, Robert Steele Gallery, U.S.A.
2007 “Treasures of Spirit” Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2008 Blue, a group exhibition, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2008 Utopia Discoveries, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Nominated for the Telstra Awards 2008
2009 Wynne Landscape Prize, Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2009 “Gloria Petyarre, A Summer Collection”, Dacou Gallery, Melbourne
2010 13th Annual West Hollywood Art & Design Walk, Aboriginal Dreamtime Fire Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2010 Desert Rhythms, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2010 “New Beginnings” Brits Art & Promotions Ubach-Palenberg, Germany
2004 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of N.S.W., Highly commended
1999 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of N.S.W.
1993 Mural for Kansas City Zoo, U.S.A.
1993 Tapestry for Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Vic
1994 Tapestry Commission for the Law Courts, Brisbane, Qld