Indigenous Australian art gallery est. 1989.

Susie Petyarre Biography and CV

Susie Petyarre


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 Petyarreand their niece Genella Kngwarreyehave 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.

Susie's brother, Sandy Hunter Petyarre, is also an artist and her mother, Molly Pwerle, is the sister of celebrated painter, Minnie Pwerle

View Susie Petyarre's paintings


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.