KATHLEEN PETYARRE was born c. 1940 in the remote spinifex country of Atnagkere (Utopia) 275 kms north-east of Alice Springs. She is universally recognised as one of Australia’s greatest living Aboriginal artists.
During 2001 Kathleen Petyarre’s fame and place in Australian art history was cemented when she was honored with a major retrospective exhibition of her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Titled “Kathleen Petyarre: Genius of Place”.
In 1996 Kathleen Petyarre was announced as the overall winner of the 13th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, the greatest award offered to indigenous artists in Australia.