Bush Medicine, Gloria Petyarre
  • Artist
    Gloria Petyarre
  • Born
  • Title
    Bush Medicine
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    acrylic on canvas
  • Dimensions
    153 x 122 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased, 2000. © Courtesy of the Artist and Utopia Art Sydney

Gloria Petyarre

Bush Medicine

Born at Atnanghere, Petyarre moved to the Utopia settlement where she was one of the original artists to be employed in the batik program initiated to provide an income and recognition for women of that community. Offered acrylics and canvas to extend the newly developed techniques of painting on batik, Petyarre, along with other members of the group, quickly mastered the new medium.

Using a greater range of colours and tonal range than was possible with the batiks, Petyarre has continued to experiment with line and colour on the patterns derived from her Dreaming. Some of her work is composed of bands of different colours that produce optical effects that convey a sense of movement. By using yellow and pink against a black ground and by filling every part of the canvas, Petyarre has captured the tiny leaves swirling through the water in which they are being boiled for medicinal purposes.