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Violet Petyarre

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  • Born: 1945
  • Active: 1988

  • Region: Central/Eastern Desert, NT
  • Community: Utopia
  • Outstation: Atnangkere
  • Language: Anmatyerre

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Violet Petyarre - Snake Dreaming 2003

Snake Dreaming 2003
Sold by Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney on 11/12/2006 for $956.00
Size: 167.5 x 91 cm

Violet Petyarre - Bush Hen, 2002

Bush Hen, 2002
Sold by Lawson~Menzies, Sydney on 30/05/2006 for $1,920.00
Size: 91 x 91 cm

Violet Petyarre - Mountain Devil Lizard, 2003

Mountain Devil Lizard, 2003
Sold by Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne on 14/08/2007 for $1,075.00
Size: 120 x 90 cm

Violet Petyarre (with her brothers and sisters) has custodial rights of the Arnkerrth Dreaming (Mountain Devil Lizard), which together with its associated narrative, is referenced in all of her works. 
 
Violet Petyarre's artistic endeavors commenced 1977 with Batik tie-dying and woodblock printing techniques, in which her Dreaming references were burnt into wood with hot wire and then ‘stamped’ onto fabric. Colours were then applied and these bright fabric panels were then sewn into garments that were welcomed by the Utopia women.
   
With other Utopia women, Violet Petyarre’s first works-on-canvas evolved through a special local project entitled ‘Utopia Women’s Paintings - A Summer Project 1988-1989’ (The Holmes a’ Court Collection). This project engendered a new direction of artistic output, launching Utopia as a major centre for Indigenous art and placing it firmly within the context of the Australian contemporary art scene. 
   
Violet Petyarre’s role as a foundation member of the Utopia arts community together with her artistic individualism has firmly endorsed her position as an important contributor to Australia’s art history.

Collection:     

Artbank, Sydney. Museum of Victoria, Melbourne. The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.

Group Exhibitions:
2004 - Art Aborigine Pour Tous, Galerie DAD, Mantes-la-Jolie, France.
1997 – Songlines Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherhlands.
1996 – Gallerie Australis, Adelaide, Australia.
1992 - Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.
1991 - Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1990 - Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center for the Arts, United States of America; The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth; Utopia - A Picture Storyan exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists, which toured Ireland and Scotland.
1988-89 - S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
1989 - Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project.
1988 - The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
   
Bibliography:     

Brody, A., 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth. (C).
Brody, A., 1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth. (C).
Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales. (C).
Nicholls, Christine, The Bold and the Beautiful – the Work of Violet Petyarre, Crossings, the Journal of the International Association of Australian Studies, University of Queensland, December 2002.
Nicholls, Christine, 'Home and Away with Kathleen and Violet Petyarre, or, Travels with my aunts', Art Monthly Australia, Number 138, April 2001, Canberra, pp. 16-20.
1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings Ltd., Perth.
1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Profile References

Discovery Media. current. NATSIVAD. Melbourne. Documentation Pty Ltd.

Violet Petyarre - Bush Hen, 2002

Bush Hen, 2002
Sold by Lawson~Menzies, Sydney on 30/05/2006 for $1,920.00
Size: 91 x 91 cm

Violet Petyarre - Snake Dreaming 2003

Snake Dreaming 2003
Sold by Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney on 11/12/2006 for $956.00
Size: 167.5 x 91 cm

Violet Petyarre - Body Painting

Body Painting
Sold by Theodore Bruce Auctions, Adelaide on 07/02/2011 for $920.00
Size: 122 x 182 cm

Sites

Subjects

Emu, Body Paint Designs, Snake

Medium

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen and Canvas

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance

Career Totals

AIAM100 Rank
-
AIAM100 Rating
0.3911
Sold/Offered
51/76
Clearance Rate
67%
Average Price
$603
Total Price
$30,747
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0414 0.2276 0.0754 0.0000 0.0000 0.0657 0.4414 0.0675 0.0196 0.0892 0.0976 0.0173
0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1/2 5/13 2/2 0/0 0/0 2/6 27/32 2/2 1/1 5/5 5/6 1/5
$0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,710 $2,071 $1,423 $0 $0 $1,080 $267 $1,140 $384 $318 $381 $300
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2016

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction

1

Snake Dreaming

sale price: $5,500.00
auction: Elder Fine Art, Adelaide  lot: 152 date: 06/08/2006
182 x 122 cm Synthetic polymer on Belgian linen
2

Bush Hen, 2002

sale price: $1,920.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 24 date: 30/05/2006
91 x 91 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
3

Untitled, a Four Panel Work

sale price: $1,827.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 348 date: 26/02/2017
91 x 122 cm per pane Acrylic on canvas (4)
4

Untitled 2006

sale price: $1,800.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 385 date: 18/04/2010
200 x 40 cm Acrylic on linen (five panels)
5

Mosquito Bore Outstation

sale price: $1,770.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 166 date: 16/04/2007
134 x 95 cm Acrylic on canvas
6

Body Paint Design

sale price: $1,710.00
auction: Philips Auctions Australia, Melbourne  lot: 341 date: 13/02/2005
125 x 115 cm Acrylic on canvas
7

Untitled 2006

sale price: $1,440.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 257 date: 23/09/2012
201 x 40 cm (total) Acrylic on linen (five panels)
8

Medicine Leaves

sale price: $1,380.00
auction: Archers Auctioneers & Valuers, Katoomba  lot: 83 date: 19/03/2006
54 x 52 cm Acrylic
9

Mountain Devil Lizard, 2003

sale price: $1,075.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne  lot: 20 date: 14/08/2007
120 x 90 cm Acrylic on canvas
10

Awelye Body Painting

sale price: $960.00
auction: Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney  lot: 331 date: 16/06/2015
?? cm Acrylic on Belgium linen

Available Artworks

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