National Museum of Women in the Arts
Gloria Tamerre Petyarre
circa 1945 - present
Photograph of Gloria Tamerre Petyarre, courtesy of Utopia Art, Sydney, Australia
Place of Birth:
Phonetic Spelling:
Glawr-EE-uh tah-mahr-ay pet-yar-ay
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Painting, Textiles and clothing
Artistic Role(s):
Batik Artist, Body Artist, Painter, Printmaker, Textile Artist, Ceremonial Artist
Artist's Biography:
Gloria Petyarre was born in Atnangkere, Australia around 1945. Her Aboriginal language is Anmatyerre and her country is known to Aborigines as Atnangkere. Gloria is one of seven sisters who are all artists, including the well-known Kathleen Petyarre, Nancy Kemarre, Violet Petyarre and Ada Bird Petyarre. Gloria’s husband, Ronnie Price Mpetyane, started painting in 1989 and does strong men’s paintings in the dot style, as well as Neo-western landscapes in vivid colors. They live at Mulga Bore (Akaye Soakage).

Gloria, like many of the Aboriginal women artists in the Utopia communtiy, in the North Territory, first gained recognition as an artist working with batik. She exhibited her batik work in group exhibitions in Australia and overseas from 1977 to 1987. In 1988, Gloria began painting and undertook her first work for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA). This painting was shown in the exhibition Utopia Women's Painting; The First Works of Canvas; a Summer Project 1988 to 1989.

Biography courtesy of Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Australia

Other Occupation(s):
Aboriginal Law Woman, Community Leader, Tribe Spokesperson
Place(s) of Residence:
Alice Springs
Mulga Bore
Place(s) of Activity:
Related Visual Artists:
wife of Ronnie Price Mpetyane skin group niece of Emily Kame Kngwarreye skin group sister of Ada Bird Petyarre skin group sister of Violet Petyarre skin group sister of Myrtle Petyarre skin group sister of Kathleen Petyarre skin group sister of Nancy Kemarre skin group sister of Jeanna Petyarre skin group great-aunt of Abie Loy Kemarre
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Full Fellowship Grant, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board, Australia Council, Surry Hills, Australia (1995-1996) Wynne Prize for Australian Landscapes, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (1999)
Earliest exhibition:
Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utopia Art, Sydney, Australia (1988)
NMWA exhibition(s):
Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters
Artist retrospective(s):