Gloria Petyarre paintings

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Gloria Petyarre creates vibrant, abstract images that are distinguished by their variety and complexity, while remaining firmly rooted in her country Arlperre and the powerful Dreamtime stories that she inherited from her father. For 38 years she has been renowned as an artist, initially for her work with batik on silk, and for the past 28 years to great acclaim, with acrylic on linen. The Mountain Devil lizard and the bush medicine leaf are the inspiration for her most famous paintings.

The incredible range of her artwork 

Gloria Petyarre's leaf or "Bush Medicine" series, depicting the rushing movement of leaves with terse rhythmic brush strokes has been heralded as one of her most successful stylistic developments to date. Gloria utilises close tonal values of colour together with the rhythmic patterning of her brush strokes to capture the movement of a tree's leaves as seen blowing in the wind. The leaves of this tree are an important bush medicine, which are gathered by women in the Arlperre country and mixed with animal fat before being rubbed directly onto the skin. 

In her painting, Leaves, for which she was awarded the Wynne Prize for Landscape in 1999, (the first to be awarded to an Aboriginal artist), Gloria used a collection of rhythmically moving earth toned lines to represent the movement of leaves in the wind. The mesmerising sea of movement captured from the tiny leaves she deftly painted was truly astonishing, and may be the finest example of the artist’s depiction of bush medicine, landscape, and echoes of ceremony.

More recently, Gloria's paintings have moved towards a greater abstract depiction of her Bush Medicine Dreaming, using a large paint brush that is dipped into a variety of carefully selected acrylic colours. The finished piece is dense with tulip-like leaves blown across the canvas; a beautiful display of colour and depth. 

Having been inspired by fellow Anmatyerre artist, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gloria often created her superb and unique works in the company of her sisters, Kathleen Petyarre and Violet Petyarre on the Delmore verandah. 

In 1989, Delmore Gallery held exhibitions including Gloria Petyarre's art, with Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in Melbourne and Chandler Coventry Gallery in Sydney. Consequently, her paintings were acquired by major galleries such as the National Gallery of Victoria and The National Gallery in Canberra. After an exhibition by Delmore in Paris, The Louvre purchased one of Gloria's works. 

Gloria’s art is truly exceptional and we are thrilled to present a large amount of her work for sale online.

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