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Gloria Petyarre - leaves & awelye, Utopia Art Sydney.

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Published Sunday, 17 November 2002

Gloria Petyarre's latest exhibition at Utopia Art Sydney once again shows her to be an artist of immense capacity for innovation on her traditional themes, with a remarkable ability to transcend cultural divides.

These paintings show her considerable skills as an established contemporary artist, presenting her Aweleye and Leaves in simple, but sophisticated colouring and design which would elegantly grace any contemporary setting.

Throughout her long career, Gloria has consistently drawn on her heritage as an Aboriginal woman living in the desert Cetnre of Australia. Her paintings, often entitled Awelye, demonstrate her symbiotic relationship with her country and kin, and her strong sense of belonging to the land. Her Leaves are expressions of her intimate knowledge of her land, its ever-changing seasons and moods, and her intimate knowledge and love of her country. She has refined the movement of her Leaves and they flow and swirl silently around and across the surface. Her painting, Bush Medicine, was shown in a recent film and exhibition, Two-Thirds Sky: Artists in Desert Country, where she explained the medicinal and healing properties of the plants located in her country.

Earlier exhibitions of her work have shown her ability to produce paintings with vibrant use of colour and exuberant patterning, marking her close association with her kinswoman, Emily Kngwarreye. However, Gloria has evolved into a mature artist, equally able to draw upon her traditional heritage as an Aboriginal woman, and her skills as a dynamic, contemporary Australian artist, as shown in this stunning Exhibition.

© Dianne Ottley 2002.

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