Angenta Mountain Devil Dreaming

Kathleen Petyarr

Kathleen Petyerre Angenta 223040
Angenta Mountain Devil Dreaming by Kathleen Petyarr


Kathleen Petyarr
Angenta Mountain Devil Dreaming
synthetic polymer on linen
190 x 190 cm
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commissioned by Lauraine Diggins Fine Art from Simon Turner International, 2002

private collection, Melbourne

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"Mountain Devil dreaming, this one, cross one. Plenty big sandhills for that little lizard. Two Petyarrs and two Kngwarreys, travelling. One big lake."

Recognised as one of the premier contemporary painters of the central and western desert art movement, Kathleen Petyarre’s paintings are executed in the finest detail and depict the travels of Arngerta, the Mountain Devil Lizard. Kathleen was awarded the Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 1996 and celebrated with an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 2001, accompanied by the publication Genius of Place. Her paintings straddle cultural histories and figurative abstractions. Her compositions draw on diagonal tensions, representing travels, rocks, lakes, sacred sites. Kathleen’s abilities as a painter matched her seniority in cultural knowledge and matriarchal duties of custodianship.

Kathleen was born at Atnangkere, a water soakage in Utopia, north east of Alice Springs. The art by women of Utopia is acclaimed internationally, particularly the famous Emily Kam Kngwarray, and many of Kathleen’s sisters, including Gloria Petyarr. Kathleen was involved from the foundation of the art movement at Utopia, beginning with batiks in the 1980s. Kathleen is represented in significant collecions including the Musee due Quai Branly, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and many other institutional and private collections both in Australia and around the world.