Susie Petyarre Biography and CV
Born in 1966 in Irrultja, Utopia, Susie Petyarre started painting at Delmore in April 1989 and was initially influenced by early, powerful ceremonial paintings by Lily Sandover Kngwarreye. In the last few years Susie and her younger sisters, Annie and Jessie Petyarre, and their niece Genella Kngwarreye, have created their own style, applying the paint through fine needles.
Susie paints exquisite fine lined works, braided with meticulous threads of paint, depicting her abstract interpretation of the flora, including the Honey Grevillea, near the sacred women's cave, Enteebra, in the heart of her Alyawarre country. Enteebra is a sacred women's site on Utopia where Alyawarre women, Petyarre and Kngwarreye, gather to renew and perform their ceremonies.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
2018 Delmore Gallery: Utopia Women, Merricks Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2017 Sacred Marks, JGM Gallery, London, U.K.
2016 Utopia Sisters - The Petyarre Women, Delmore Gallery with RedSea Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2010 The Utopia Story Australasian Arts Projects, Singapore
2009 Aboriginal art in Korea, Gong Pyeong Art Space, Seoul, Korea
2008 Power of Place, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Adelaide
2008 From the Desert to the Sea, Yurlunggar Art, Brisbane
2007 Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2007 Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay Gallery, Sydney
2007 Eastern Desert Dreaming - Artists from Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane
2007 Eastern Desert Song, Brush with Art Festival, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, South Australia
2006 Senior Women of Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane
2006 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Bilderwelten in Utopia. Holzschnitte und Gemaelde vom Aborigines, Staedtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen, Kunstmuseum Bayreuth,
1999 Aboriginal Art - Australien heute, Deutsche Welle, Koln, Germany
1999 Australie – Art, Arts d'Australie .Stephane Jacob / J.L. Amsler - Bastille, Paris.
1997 Geschichtenbilder, Aboriginal Art Gallery Bahr, Speyer, Germany
1996 Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, NT
1994 Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, NT
1993 Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, NT
1991 Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, NT
1990 Utopia, A Picture Story, 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists, which toured Eire & Scotland.
1989-1991 Utopia, A Picture Story, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
1989 A Myriad of Dreaming. Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-1989, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.