Bush Medicine Dreaming by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre 122 x 242cm .jpg
Gloria Petyarre 122 x 242cm .jpg
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Bush Medicine Dreaming by Gloria Petyarre


Gloria Petyarre

c. 1945

Acrylic on canvas

122 x 242cm

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'Bush Medicine Dreaming' depicts the leaves of a special plant that is used to aid the healing process. The leaves are collected an then boiled to extract the resin. Following this, the resin is mixed with kangaroo fat and collected from the kangaroo's stomach. This creates a paste that can be used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and as an insect repellent. The Dreaming that is the basis for Gloria Petyarre's paintings comes from the important and ceremonies held by the people of Atnwengerrp. Each painting entitled 'Bush Medicine Dreaming' shows different aspects of the process and it's important links with the land.

In late 1999, Gloria was awarded the coveted Wynne Landscape Prize with a work of the same subject matter. This particular work was executed at the same era, early 2000 and is a beautiful example of her talent at the very height of her career. She first gained recognition as an artist working in the medium of batik, exhibiting with other artists from the Utopia region in shows around Australia and abroad from 1977 to 1987. In 1991, Gloria had her first solo exhibitions at Australian Galleries in New York and at Utopia Art in Sydney. She participated in major survey exhibitions including : 1991 Art Gallery of New South Wales touring 'Aboriginal Women's Exhibition' and 1992 'Flash Painting' at the National Gallery of Australia, 'The Body Paint Collection' also in 1992 at the Bishop Museum, Hawaii, which also toured the USA. She has exhibited in France, Germany, Denmark, UK, Ireland, India, Korea and Slovenia. In 2009, French luxury firm of Hermès, released 'Le Rêve de Gloria', 'Gloria's Dream',  a series of their famous scarves designed by Gloria Petyarre in her signature Bush Medicine Dreaming style. 


National Gallery of Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales

National Gallery of Victoria

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Queensland Art Gallery

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Museum of Victoria, Melbourne

Artbank, Sydney

British Museum, London, UK

Singapore Art Museum

Westpac Collection, New York

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA

Levi Collection, Seattle, USA

The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth

Macquarie Bank

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Flinders University, South Australia

University of New South Wales

Griffith University Collection