Vale Petyarr Anangker-areny

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this post includes the name of a person who has died.

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art are sorry to advise that Petyarr Anangker-areny passed away on the evening of the 19th August. The family have given permission for us to convey this sad news. Out of respect for the family, the artist’s name will not be referred to during mourning. She is the sister of Kathleen, Gloria, Myrtle, Violet and Jeannie and mother of Carol, Elizabeth, Lucy, Helen and Trevor, and the mother of Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray and grandmother of Genevieve Kemarr Loy. One of the renowned Petyarr sisters, her work was widely exhibited and collected. She was part of the original art movement at Utopia, participating in the batik project in the late 1970s and the 1980s. She also created painted and carved wooden sculptures in the 1980s. In respect to the artist, we will not offer her work for sale in the immediate future. She was a vibrant and grounded woman with strong connections to her family and country and we thoroughly enjoyed working with her. She will be sadly missed.