June Bird Petyarre [c1958]

June was born at Waite River in the Northern Territory and later moved with her family to the outstation at Mulga Bore on the Utopia Homelands. Her father, Tommy Bird Mpetyane, passed away early in her life, and she came to call her uncle, Lindsay Bird Mpetyane, her father. Her mother is famed artist, the late Ada Bird Petyarre [d2009], making her a niece of Kathleen and Gloria Petyarre. Commencing her career at an early age, June was an influential founding member of the Utopia Women's batik group that was established in the late 1970s. Her works have been extensively collected including the highly acclaimed Robert Holmes a Court Collection