Susie Petyarre Biography

Susie Petyarre

Born in 1966, in Irrultja, Utopia, Susie started painting at Delmore in April 1989 and was initially influenced by the early, powerful ceremonial paintings done by Lily Sandover Kngwarreye. In the last few years they have developed their own unique, very fine lined work.

Susie's brother, Sandy, is an artist and her mother, Molly Pwerle, is the sister of celebrated painter, Minnie Pwerle. Susie paints awelye, sugar bag (wild honey) and Enteebra.

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National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria

The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth

The Art Gallery of New South Wales 



2016     Utopia Sisters - The Petyarre Women, Delmore Gallery with RedSea Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

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.