Violet Petyarre is one of the seven famous Petyarre artists including Kathleen, Gloria and Ada
and was born at Atnangkere, on the western boundary of Utopia Station, 170 miles north-east
of Alice Springs circa 1945.
Like the majority of her sisters, Violet was a participant in the batik project A Picture Story that
established the women artists of Utopia in the late eighties. Her batik work is represented in
the Holmes a Court collection. Like the other artists who took part in the project
(approximately ninety women and one man) Violet has left this medium behind and now
executes bold and bright works on canvas that depict the body paint designs associated with
her Dreaming stories. Violet’s work has a very contemporary and textural aesthetic which sets
her apart from other Anmatyerre artists from Utopia.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
The Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
Showing the single artwork