Gloria is the niece of the late Emily Kngwarreye and one of seven artistic sisters, including the acclaimed Kathleen Petyarre, Nancy Petyarre, Violet Petyarre and Ada Bird.
In the 1970s Gloria was a founding member of the Utopia Women’s Batik Group. With wonderful confidence she merged the traditional iconography of the Anmatyerre onto the new medium of silk. Gloria’s works were first acclaimed through batik exhibitions during the 1970’s. In the early 1908s Gloria made her first painting on canvas and soon developed her unique style of depicting the stories and traditions of her country. Her latest works depict her Dreamings; Mountain Devil Lizard, Pencil Yam, Emu, Bean and Grass Seed.
Gloria paints her dreamings by adapting body paint designs with bold colours and linear patterns in a highly innovative way. This uniqueness makes her one of the leading contemporary Utopian artists.
Gloria has traveled abroad extensively with her art, with major exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. She is featured extensively in major collections around the world including the National Gallery of Australia, the Robert Holmes a’ Court Collection, Museum of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Flinders University, Adelaide
Griffith University Collection
Gold Coast City Art Collection
Queensland University of Technology
Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Supreme Court, Brisbane
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Westpac Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, U.S.A.
Robert Holmes a Court Collection
Wollongong University Collection
Singapore Art Museum
British Museum, London, U.K.