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Loretta Jones Petyarre

About Loretta Jones Petyarre

Artist: Loretta Jones
Skin name: Petyarre (also spelled Petyarr, Apetyarr, Pitjara)
Language group: Alyawarr
Country: Arawerr
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Born: 1981

Loretta Jones belongs to a strong family of artists. She grew up at Arawerr (Soapy Bore) which is in the Utopia region. Her mother, Gypsy Jones, was involved in the Utopia Art movement's inception in the 1980's and Loretta gained knowledge about the stories she paints through her and other ladies in her community.

Loretta has five sisters and four brothers; Jilly, Sandra, Agnes, Rhonda, Lilly, Anthony, Robert, Denny and Kevin. She has one son, Justin, and continues to live in Utopia living a traditional bush way of life.