Feature Artist: Violet Petyarre

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Feature Artist: Violet Petyarre

Violet Petyarre’s artistic endeavours commenced in 1977 with Batik tie-dying and woodblock printing techniques, in which her Dreaming references were burnt into wood with hot wire and then ‘stamped’ onto fabric. Colours were then applied and these bright fabric panels were then sewn into garments that were welcomed by the Utopia women. With other Utopia women, Violet Petyarre’s first works-on-canvas evolved through a special local project entitled ‘Utopia Women’s Paintings – A Summer Project 1988-1989’ (The Holmes a’ Court Collection). This project engendered a new direction of artistic output, launching Utopia as a major centre for Indigenous art and placing it firmly within the context of the Australian contemporary art scene.

Australian Aboriginal artist Violet Petyarre portrayed her Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming through complex lines and dotting drawn on silk textiles (National Gallery of Victoria Collection).

Violet Petyarre – Mountain Devil Lizard

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She continued this style in 1988 with her works-on-canvas, which she produced alongside her sister Kathleen Petyarre and her Aunt, the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

In 2007, Violet Petyarre continues artistic experimentation through the introduction of bold new colours including purples and blues. Violet Petyarre has firmly positioned herself as a major artist in Utopian and Australian contemporary art. She belongs to the Anmatyerr clan and speaks Eastern Anmatyerr with English as a second language.

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Violet Petyarre settled at Iylently (Mosquito Bore) near Utopia Station with her seven sisters, Kathleen, Gloria, Nancy, Myrtle, Ada and Gina establishing a family camp which she still frequently re-visits today. Violet Petyarre (with her brothers and sisters) has custodial rights of the Arnkerrth Dreaming (Mountain Devil Lizard), which together with its associated narrative, is referenced in all works of Violet Petyarre.

Violet Petyarre’s role as a foundation member of the Utopia arts community together with her artistic individualism has firmly endorsed her position as an important contributor to Australia’s art history.