Dolly Mills Petyarre was one of the most talked about names in Utopia art back in the 90's with group and solo exhibitions across Australia's capital cities.
Now 72, Dolly wants you to know she's not finished yet and has been working on something special after a long hiatus.
Her new works reveal superimposed dotting in circles and lines, layered upon each other, working their way across the canvas to depict elements of the Pencil Yam Dreaming.
We have just two pieces but hope to see more by Dolly in the coming months.
Born in 1948, Dolly is an Anmatyerre woman from the Utopia region in remote Central Australia. As an artist, she participated in the batik project Utopia A Picture Story in the 1980's and began painting soon after it's completion. Dolly's works have been exhibited extensively, most notably with World Vision in the 1990's.
Dolly paints kame; pencil yam seeds.
In the Dreamtime, there are two parts to the Pencil Yam story. Two different kame were borne that created two different species of pencil yam; one called Atnwelarr and the other called Arlatyeye. Atnwelarr belongs to Dolly's country Alhalkere.
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A collection of works by Gloria Petyarre await the anticipated opening of Gloria, our special 2020 exhibition showcasing this Utopia elder and Australian icon's work.
WHEN: Friday 10th July - Monday 21st Sept 2020
Light pink and deep tertiary colours are trending with our artists this season and we have a beautiful new collection of artworks.
Arnumarra is the name of Colleen's country which lies north east of Alice Springs in Central Australia.
Colleen paints Dreamtime Sisters; ancestral spirits who roam the country performing sacred song and dance. They look after Arnumarra country and guide its people.