Myrtle Petyarre [c1932-]

Myrtle was a founding member of the Utopia women’s Batik group in the early 1970s. In fact, so much is her work held in the highest esteem, that she has several pieces on permanent exhibition in our National Gallery in Canberra. In the early 1980s, Myrtle began to transfer her vast talents to canvas and soon developed her own unique style of translating the stories of her traditional country. With an artistic pedigree as vast as the desert itself, Myrtle is the mother of renowned artist, Gracie Pwerle Morton. And as one of Australia’s most respected aboriginal artists, and sister to the internationally famous Kathleen, Gloria and the late Ada Bird Petyarre, her work has been extensively exhibited around the world as well as featuring in numerous permanent public and private collections.