Ada Bird – 8797

Private Collection
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120cm x 80cm

Ada Bird Petyarre was born c. 1936 on Utopia Station at Atnangkere, approximately 270 kms north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She died in 2009.

Ada Bird Petyarre was one of the seven well known Petyarre sisters and shared with them the Dreaming of the Mountain Devil Lizard (Arnkerrthe).

Along with her sisters, Ada Bird Petyarre was one of the original artists who participated in the successful 1977 Utopia Women’s Batik program. She was introduced to painting with acrylic on canvas in 1988 when she took part in CAAMA’s “A Summer Project”, which launched the women artists of Utopia on to the world stage. She had her first solo exhibition in 1990.

Ada Bird Petyarre was internationally acclaimed for her bold, colourful and linear designs associated with Awelye for Arnkerrthe – women’s ceremonial body paint designs for the Mountain Devil Lizard.

Whilst incorporating traditional designs and patterns, Ada Bird Petyarre’s paintings are an abstract and contemporary representation of her country and Dreaming.



Robert Holmes a Court Collection; National Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Richard Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA; University of Queensland Collection”


Numerous exhibitions in Australia, including exhibitions in the US and Singapore.

Selected collections:

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;
Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth;
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney;
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide;
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne;
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin;
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney;
University of Queensland, Brisbane;
Artbank, Sydney;
Richard Kelton Foundation Santa Monica, USA.


1997, finalist in 14th NATSIAA.

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