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Gloria Petyarre - Bush Leaf Dreaming - 76x119cm

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Gloria Tamerre Petyarre  

In 1945 Gloria was born at Atnangkere Soakage in the Northern Territory. She is an Anmatyerre speaker and has 6 sisters; Ada Bird, Violet, Myrtle, Kathleen, Nancy and Jeannie. Her dreamings include Mountain Devil Lizard, Bean, Emu, Pencil Yam, Grass Seed, Small Brown Grass, Wild Flowers, Bush Flowers and Bush Medicine. Currently, she lives at Mulga Bore [Akaye Soakage] Utopia.

In the 1970’s, Gloria was a founding member of the ‘Utopia Women’s Batik Group’. This group was instrumental for the development of female indigenous artists, providing them a space to create and allowing them to exhibit both locally and abroad. Although working in Batik for almost a decade, Gloria progressed to the medium of canvas in the late 1980’s. In 1990 she travelled to London, Ireland and India as representative for the Utopia Women, accompanying the ‘Utopia: A Picture Story’ exhibition. In the following year of 1991, Gloria had her first solo exhibition at Utopia Art, Sydney, Australia.

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Bush Leaf Dreaming

Aboriginal culture locates ‘Dreamtime’ as the beginning of all knowledge, from which came the laws of existence. All activities and ways of life- ritual, ceremony and duty relate to this ‘Dreamtime’. Knowledge concerning this beginning of time is sacred and passed down from one generation to the next via ceremony, stories, dance and imagery. All elements found within the natural world are a symbolic footprint of the metaphysical beings whose actions created the world during this dream-time period.


The desert is a very dry region and plant life is often sparse. However, after a heavy rain storm the desert becomes a blanket of vegetation. Women visit different areas to gather the various special plants used to make medicines. Back at camp, the leaves are boiled, resins extracted and when mixed with animal fat they create a medicine paste which can be stored for long periods of time in bush conditions. These medicine pastes are used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and also act as insect repellent.


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Certification of Authentisity


All the artworks from redrock gallery are fully certificated.

This Paintings comes with:

- Photos of the artiest painting

- Certification of Authentisity

- Biography of Gloria Petyarre

- Introduction of the Dreaming

- Introduction of the symbolism

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