Kathleen Petyarre

Born in 1940 - Australia


Kathleen Petyarre (born 1940) is an eminent Australian Aboriginal artist, known for her paintings displaying an extremely refined layering technique with intricate dotting. Her art refers directly to her country and her Dreamings.

However, the vastness of the country can be clearly felt in the landscapes of Petyarre's paintings, which have occasionally been compared to the works of American Abstract Expressionists Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, and even to those of J.M.W. Turner. They have been described as: "magisterial works that can be likened to symphonic compositions" (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA).

Petyarre's painstaking and virtuosic method of applying countless dots with kebab sticks of various sizes means she typically spends many days, sometimes weeks, on one canvas and has thus avoided the dangers of overproduction, widespread in Aboriginal art.

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Kathleen Petyarre - New Paintings - Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, WA (Australia)


“18 Desert Australian Aboriginal Artists”, Association Mouvement Art Contemporain (AMAC), Chamalières (France)

Neuilly sur Seine, Arts d'Australie - Stéphane Jacob, Paris (France)
“Painting Country: Recent Acquisitions of Indigenous Art”, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD (Australia)
“Wet Paint”, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC (Australia)

“Gooch's Utopia”, Macquarie University Art Gallery, North Ryde, NSW, (Australia)

“Australian Paintings”, Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, VIC (Australia)
“Gooch’s Utopia: collected works from the Central Desert”, The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Crawley WA (Australia)

Summer Exhibition - Martin Browne Contemporary, Paddington, NSW (Australia)
“Peinture aborigene contemporaine”, Galerie Stella & Vega, Brest (France)
“Autumn Catalog 2008: Australian And New Zealand Works Of Art”, Martin Browne Contemporary, Paddington, NSW (Australia)

“Utopia - Contemporary Indigenous Australian Paintings”, Nevill Keating Pictures Ltd, London (England)

“A Selection of Fine Aboriginal Works”, Martin Browne Contemporary, Paddington, NSW (Australia)

“Aktuelle Kunst aus Australien”, kunst:raum sylt quelle, Rantum / Sylt (Germany)

“Chemistry - Art in South Australia 1990-2000”, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA (Australia)

“Expanse - Aboriginalities, spatialities and the politics of ecstasy”, The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, SA (Australia)

First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, QLD (Australia)

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