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Anna Pitjara


Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

Skin Name: Petyarre

Language: Anamatyerre

Region:  Utopia

Dreaming:  Sandhills, Wildflowers, Emu Tucker, Bush Yam.



Anna Price Petyarre was born c.1965 at Mulga Bore in Utopia, a large region covering almost 1800 square kilometers beginning about 220 km north east of Alice Springs.

Anna Petyarre is a very talented artist and niece to the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and daughter to Glory Ngarla. Anna is an artist whose confidence is readily apparent in her later works and she is considered to be an artist who will make her mark in the world of Aboriginal art and as such, Anna’s work is now in high demand.

Anna began painting in the early 1980s when the medium of canvas and acrylic paints was introduced to the community of Utopia. Prior to painting she produced batik works. In the beginning Anna Petyarre used very bright colours with minimal dotting however her recent works display a technique of intricate dot work, with small blocks of colour, but often in black and white or red and white. She began painting her Sandhills / My Country dreaming using this fine rhythmic dot technique in 2000 and this series has emerged as one of her most sought after.


For more information on this artists, see also Australian Encyclopedia Aboriginal Artists dictionary of biographies Anna Petyarre page 315.



1998 - 15th prestigious National Australian Aboriginal Arts Award.


Art Bank, Sydney

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Power House Museum, Sydney

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

The Kerry Stokes Collection

The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth

Anthropology Art Museum, Perth



1996, "Utopia Dreaming", Soho Gallery, Sydney

1997, Dacou Gallery, Adelaide

1997, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

1998, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney

1998, Selected entrant for the 15th NATSIAA

1999, 2000 Tandanya, Adelaide

1999, BMG Art, Adelaide

2000, Dacou (in association with AMP), Mary Place Gallery, Sydney

2001, "Women's Business", Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago, USA

2001, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2001, Raintree Aboriginal Art Gallery, Darwin

2002, Galerie Le Temps du Reve, France

2002, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2002, Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne

Source: Kreczmanski, Janusz B & Birnberg, Margo (eds.): Aboriginal Artists: Dictionary of Biographies: Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region (JB Publishing Australia, Marleston, 2004)


My Country B 2018 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

My Country B

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

89 x 65 cm

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Yam Seed Dreaming 2018 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

Yam Seed Dreaming

Acrylic on Canvas

95 x 95 cm


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Tali 2017 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)


Acrylic on Canvas

140 x 240 cm


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Tali (Sandhills)$4,995 ON SALE FOR $3,500 2014 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

Tali (Sandhills)$4,995 ON SALE FOR $3,500

Acrylic on Canvas

121 X 152 CM

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Tali (Sandhills in My Mothers Country) 2016 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

Tali (Sandhills in My Mothers Country)

Acrylic on Linen. Stretch Framed

60 x 90 cm

Tali (Sandhills) 2015 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen

90 x 120 cm


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Tali (Sandhills) 2013 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen

85 x 146 cm


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Tali (Sandhills 2012 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

Tali (Sandhills

Synthetic polymer on canvas.

97 x 53 cm


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Bush Yam Seed Dreaming 2011 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

Bush Yam Seed Dreaming

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

91 x 122 cm


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Tali (Sandhills) 2012 by Anna Pitjara (Petyarre)

Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Belgian Linen

120 x 160 cm


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