Jeannie Petyarre (Pitjara) was born in circa 1956 on the Boundary Bore Outstation of Utopia in Central Australia, Northern Territory.
An established artist in Utopia, Jeannie is the niece of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
In the early 1980's, when Jeannie was living at Boundary Bore Outstation with her family, - her husband Henry Long Kemarre and their six children - she was introduced to the art of Batik. Jeannie was encouraged by her aunt, Emily Kngwarreye to continue to paint her family's Yam Dreaming.
All of Jeannie's Dreamtime stories come from the Alhalkere Country and are passed down to her from her father's side. Jeannie paints the Yam Seed, Yam Leaf, Yam Flower Dreamings, body paint, Mountain Devil Lizard and My Country Dreamings. Jeannie's tribal name is "Angiltha" which means little lizard.
In 1990, her work was chosen to be part of the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, which toured extensively and was featured in their book "Utopia - A Picture Story". Jeannie’s work has been included in many exhibitions all over Australia, as well as in France, Bahrain, the USA, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Italy, Istanbul
Jeannie’s work is presented in the Holmes a Court Collection in Perth and at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
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