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Jeannie Petyarre

Born in 1957 on the Boundary Bore Outstation of Utopia in Central Australia, Jeannie Petyarre is an established Aboriginal artist. In the early 1980's, when Jeannie was living at Boundary Bore Outstation with her family, husband Henry Long Kemarre and their six children, Jeannie was introduced to the art of Batik. Jeannie was encouraged by her aunt, Emily Kngwarreye to continue to paint her family's Yam Dreaming. In 1990, her work was chosen to be part of the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, which toured extensively and was featured in their book "Utopia - A Picture Story".

All of Jeannie's Dreamtime stories come from the Alhalkere Country and are passed down to her from her father's side. Jeannie paints the Yam Seed, Yam Leaf, Yam Flower Dreamings, body paint, Mountain Devil Lizard and My Country Dreamings Jeannie's tribal name is "Angiltha" which means little lizard.

Jeannie's worldwide exhibitions include: 2006 Cicada Trading, Paris, France; 2006 Cicada Trading, Annual Clear Lake Exhibition of Aboriginal Paintings, Houston, USA; 2006 Cicada Trading, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 2005 Cicada Trading, Milan, Italy; 2005 Cicada Trading, Illayda, Istanbul, Turkey; and 1990 A Picture Story exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopian artists which toured Eire and Scotland.