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Petyarre Paintings

The famous Petyarre family has been producing exceptional Aboriginal art for decades and made a name for themselves both locally and internationally. Various inspirations for their works include bush leaves, mountain devil lizards and landscapes, all using unique brush strokes. Petyarre paintings are in high demand, and older generations of the family have passed down their knowledge and skill to younger members.


The sisters commenced doing batik work for their paintings on silk and cotton in the 1970's, and these paintings are rare collectible pieces. In the late 1980’s, they moved to producing work with acrylic on canvas, which is their most prominent form in later decades.

’Gloria Petyarre

As one of the most famous Aboriginal artists in Australia, Gloria Petyarre’s paintings have become collectors' items, with an enormous market Australian and international art collectors demanding them. She is particularly famous for her "Bush Medicine" series of work, which she based on the movement of tree leaves blowing in the wind. Many galleries around Australia have acquired her paintings, and after a Paris exhibition, The Louvre bought one of her captivating masterpieces. Gloria became the first Aboriginal artist to win The Wynne Prize, Australia’s longest running art award, in 1999 with her painting, "Leaves."

"Bush Medicine" series

Without a doubt, the "Bush Medicine" works are the most famous of the Petyarre paintings. Although many maintain that the original creator of this technique is Gloria, her cousin Jeannie also holds a claim to this style. Both artists produce this style of painting with exceptional talent, although you can see the differences. In all paintings, a swirling, flowing brush stroke creates the image of leaves blowing in the wind. While Gloria is the most famous artist of this style, many other female family members, including daughters and nieces are now painting "Bush Medicine" paintings.


Petyarre paintings come in different sizes including 30 by 30 cm, 60 by 60 cm and 94 by 64 cm, so you will be able to find a style and size to suit your home or office.

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