Language group: Anmatyerre
Margaret Turner Petyarre lives in Utopia, approximately 300 kms north-east of Alice Springs. She started to paint in the early eighties with the introduction of batik as a medium.
In 1988 she was one of the artists involved with the widely publicised Summer Batik Project, the works created during this project are held in the Robert Holmes a Court Collection and she was also selected as a finalist for the 2001 Australian Business Arts Foundation awards.
Margaret’s used fine dotting on her batik works though since painting on canvas she employs a minimalist use of dots. Through doing this she reduces the iconography though her story remains strong and powerful.
Margaret is best known for her Arkaali or Bush Orange Dreaming paintings.