Kathleen Petyarre [c1938-]
Kathleen Petyarre is one of the most collectable living artists in Australia today and has had a book published on her life and substantial body of work – Kathleen Petyarre, Genius of Place. For the first few years of her life, she wandered around the vast area of her homeland with her father, his three wives, her many siblings [including her equally famous sister, Gloria] and her extended family. In 1996 Kathleen won the prestigious Telstra Award and her painting career has continued to blossom from there. A 180 x 180 cm version of her ‘bush seed’ trademark style has fetched over $96,000 at auction.