Anna Price Petyarre is the daughter of the late Glory Ngarla and niece to the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. An emerging artist in the Utopia region, she began painting in the early 1980s. Born around 1965 she is a mother and grandmother. Anna primarily paints Yam Seed Dreaming, her works are colourful and intricate expressions of the songs and stories associated with her plant totem, the Bush Yam, and its seeds. The Bush Yam has been a staple food and water source for the Anmatyerre people for countless years, and the seeds that form and scatter from the plant are ground up to make flour for damper. During ceremony, it is Anna’s duty to pay homage to the yam seeds and give thanks for their abundance and regenerative qualities. By painting to the tempo of a ceremonial song, Anna expresses her connection to her plant totem in a permanent medium. A versatile and creative artist Anna has changed her painting style radically several times over the last decade. Her work is becoming more collectible as she develops her craft and cements her reputation as one of Utopia’s rising talents.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: 2002 Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne. 2002 Galerie Le Temps du Reve, France; 2002 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney; 2001 WOMEN’S BUSINESS, Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago, USA; 2001 Japingka Gallery, Perth; 2001 Raintree Aboriginal Art Gallery, Darwin; 2000 Tandanya, Adelaide; 2000 Dacou (in association with AMP), Mary Place Gallery, Sydney; 1999 Tandanya, Adelaide; 1999 BMG Art, Adelaide; 1998 Selected entrant for the the 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Award, Darwin 1998 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney; 1997 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; 1997 Dacou Gallery, Adelaide; 1996 UTOPIA DREAMING, Soho Gallery, Sydney;
AWARDS: 1998 Selected entrant for the 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Award, Darwin
COLLECTIONS: Art Bank (Sydney) Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide) Powerhouse Museum (Sydney) Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory (Darwin) Homes a Court Gallery and gallery Collection (Perth) Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth) Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane) The Kerry Stokes Collection Anthropology Art Museum Perth; also private and corporate collections in USA, Singapore, Ireland, India, Poland, Denmark and France.