"She remains an inspiring figure of the early Aboriginal contemporary art movement."
As a senior elder and matriarch of the Anmatyerre people, Ada Bird Petyarre was deeply respected for her cultural role and talent to be able to embed this in her artwork.
Green is the colour of growth, of spring, of renewal and rebirth. It renews and restores depleted energy. It is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. This is why there is so much of this relaxing colour on the earth.
Explore tips and ideas on decorating with this rejuvenating colour.
Lost Legends showcases the extraordinary works of three Utopia Aboriginal artists, now passed, described as 'the founders of Utopia art' and among Aboriginal art's most respected leaders during the Aboriginal art boom of the 1990's.
Today there are very few paintings by these artists available for sale and they are becoming increasingly difficult to source. For this exhibition, we were challenged with this very notion and now proudly present eighteen exquisite, timeless and 'lost' artworks by Ada, Nancy and Greeny Petyarre.
Tomorrow marks the last day of Spirits of the Desert. If you have your eye on a piece of art in the exhibition, now may be your last chance so be sure to buy now or get in touch! ♥
Thank you for all the beautiful feedback we have received. We are grateful to be able to share what we learn and do what we do.
The information about the exhibition will remain on our website under Past Exhibitions.
Warning: This article includes images and name of a recently deceased person that may cause distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
With sadness we say an official farewell to Mary Morton Kemarre of Utopia who passed away in late 2016.
Mary was a much loved member of Utopia's art community, having been one of the original group of batik artists which formed in the 1980's.
Spirits of the Desert came together after extensive collaboration with both artists Colleen Wallace and Angelina Ngale who were featured in the Nov-Jan exhibition.
While the artists spent several months working on the exhibition artworks, much of our preparation and research was spent over a number of years - given that travel to the artists' homes are some 200 km into the desert northeast of Alice Springs in Central Australia; the nearest township.
Angelina Ngale speaks very little English, and in order to gain insight into her story called Atham-areny, we needed to spend a lot more time with her.
"Anwekety Blue carries us away to the Dreaming lands with its ultramarine blue and deep magenta hues." - Senior Curator, Dale Jennings
The vivid palette of mystic, watery colours used in this ethereal piece was commissioned especially for something extra special.