Artists

 
 
 
Agnes Jones Petyarr is an Alyawarr woman born in 1973 and continues to live with extended family in the Utopia Region. She began painting in 1999 painting the stories of her father's country, Arawerr.
 
Agnes uses very fine dot work to create linear patterns in order to depict these stories of 'My Country', 'Father's Country', 'Awely' women's Ceremony.
 
 
Angelina Ngale is an Alyawarre woman born c. 1947 on Utopia Station and now living at Mosquito Bore in the Northern Territory.  Like so many of the Utopian women artists (including her sisters Kathleen Ngale and Polly Ngale) she began her artistic career in the 1970s in the medium of batik then moving into acrylics. Her late husband Louis Pwerl was a great influence on her producing wooden sculptures.
 
Angela's work has been collected by many significant public and private institutions and collections.
 
 
Audrey  Morton, was born in 1952 and is the daughter of Utopian artist Mary Kemarre Morton and the late Utopian sculptor Billy Stockman Pitjara Morton. Audrey began painting in 1977 and along with her sisters Lucky, Sarah, Hazel and Ruby was involved in the Batik movement of the 1970s.
 
Her fine detailed work - a lace like quality - has gained her increased  attention and this work has featured in many group exhibitions. Lucky's work can be found in collections nationally and internationally.
 
 
 
Highly sort after Utopian artist Barbara Weir was born in 1945 to the now deceased artist Minnie Pwerle and an Irish station owner Jack Weir. Being of mixed blood she was hidden from Government Welfare Patrol but at the age of 9 years, was taken from her mother and fostered out to various families throughout Australia, loosing contact with her family but not forgetting. 
 
As one of the Stolen Generation  Barbara re established contact with family including the late and most famous Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Barbara's works, contemporary in style can be found in collections nationally and internationally.
 
 
 
Eddie Blitner, born in 1961, is from Naiyarlindj country and the community of Ngukurr on the Roper River in the Northern Territory. He paints the mimi rock spirit figures and associated stories told to him by his elders  and grandfather - it has taken Eddie many years to learn these stories handed down to him.
 
Eddie is also an accomplished woodcarver and didgeridoo maker, most of which are painted with the fine cross hatching found in the artwork of his country.
 
 
Gloria Petyarre, along with her well known artist sisters - Ada (dec), Kathleen, Violet, Myrtle and Jeannie - was born in 1945 at the remote water soakage, Atnangkere,  on Utopia Station north east of Alice Springs.
 
Gloria, the niece of the late, great, Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, is one of Australia's most collectable Aboriginal artists. She has exhibited in both group and individual exhibitions since the late 1970s and is represented in both public and private collections nationally and internationally.
 
 
Born in 1956 to the internationally acclaimed Utopian artist, Myrtle Petyarre, Gracie Morton Pwerle is another established artist from the Utopia Region of Central Australia. Her artistic career started with the Utopia Women's Batik Group in the 1970s.
 
One of her trademark motifs is the Bush Plum Dreaming, representing the bush plum leaves moving around on the ground in the desert wind.  Gracie's work can be found in collections nationally and internationally.
 
 
The late Janelle Stockman (died 2009) was a very talented and established Utopian artist whose paintings are in demand for the unique and contemporary style. Her works do not tell a story of her ancient Dreamtime but are simply an expression of herself and the desire to do something different to everyone else.
 
She drew inspiration from the landscape of the Utopia Region (where she lived with her husband and three children) and her traditional homelands in Hermannsburg and Papunya in Central Australia.
 
Born in 1984 Karen Bird Ngale is the youngest daughter of prominent Utopian artist and senior elder for Ilkawerne country, Lindsay Bird Mpetyane.
 
She is the younger sister to fellow Utopian artists Rosie and Jessie Bird and resides at Akaye Soakage in the Utopia Region of Central Australia. Her paintings are Dreamtime stories associated with Awelye (women's ceremonies) and Alpar (rat tail plant, bush medicine plant).
 
Nyoongar artist Lance Chadd (Tjyllyungoo) was born in 1984 in the south west Western Australian town of Bunbury. He is a self taught Australian landscape artist but was encouraged by several family members who were landscape artists of the famous Carrolup Mission.
 
Lance began painting professionally in 1981 and today his beautiful artwork can be found in national and international collections. His affinity with the land and his Nyoongar heritage encourages him to advise up and coming Nyoongar  painters.
 
Lena Pwerle (Pula) an Anmatyerre woman was born in 1934 and currently lives at Mosquito Bore in the Utopia region of Central Australia. She initially worked in the medium of batik and is featured in Utopia- a Picture Story .
 
Lena's stories (Awelye , women's story, Water Soakage & Bush Plum) come from her father's country Lyentye. Lena began exhibiting (in  group exhibitions) in 1985 and her works are held in several private collections nationally and internationally .
 
Lily Lion Kngwarreye is the sister of fellow Utopian artist Michelle Lion. Born in 1964 she is an Alyawarr woman who began her career in the Batik movement of the 1970s and then moved on to work with acrylic paints on canvas. 
 
Lily's fine dot work and brushstrokes depict Lily's Dreamtime stories associated with her country. She has featured in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally.
 
 
Born in 1970 on MacDonnell Downs Station Lisa Mills Pwerl is the daughter of renowned Utopian artist, Dolly Mills. She paints her mother's dreaming, Emu (Aherr) Tucker & Bush Potato (Anaty) Dreaming - with the semi abstract work depicting the patterns of the foliage and growth of the sacred Bush Potato bush across her country.
 
Lisa, Shakira (daughter) and her husband Damien Petrick (son of well known Utopian painter Josie Petrick) live a very traditional Aboriginal life.
 
 
 
Margaret Turner Petyarre was born in 1945 and passed away in 2008. Related to well known Utopia artists Kathleen and Gloria Petyarre, she began working in batik and then ventured into acrylic on canvas in the early 1990s.
 
Margaret's work depict women's ceremonial body painting through to portrayals of bush medicine plants and flowers and can be found in national and international collections.
 
 
 
Urban Nyoongar artist and musician Mark Radloff was born in 1967 and began painting in 1990, he is self taught and influenced by his artist mother and aunt.
 
Mark's bold and strong coloured acrylic on canvas paintings are popular throughout the country and internationally. Most of his paintings portray an x ray view of Australian animals and fish or symbolise stories and yarns passed down from Nyoongar heritage in urban Aboriginal style.
 
 
Born on MacDonald Downs Station (Northern Territory) in 1931 Mary Morton Kemarre is one of the senior Utopian women responsible for initiating young women and carrying on the traditional Awelye or women's ceremonies.
 
Mary was involved in the Batik Movement in the late 1970s and today continues painting her Dreamtime stories and her country, Antarrengeny whilst still living with her extended family in the Utopia Region. Mary's work is found in collections nationally and internationally.
 
Born in 1975, Michelle Willura Kickett is a Nyoongar woman living in Perth, Western Australia. Michelle is the daughter of well known Nyoongar artist Dennis Noongali Kickett and is inspired by his style of work with dots - in acrylic paint on canvas - depicting traditional Aboriginal ways of life and the Dreamtime stories passed down by the elder family members.
 
Michelle is currently artist in residence here in the Aboriginal Art Gallery.
 
 
Norma MacDonald is a Yamitj woman, born in Geraldton Western Australia in 1943 and now resides in the foothills east of Perth. Norma's varied work is sort after nationally and internationally - with a number of award  winning public works throughout Perth and South West Western Australia.
 
Stories of the stolen generation are a theme through many of her paintings as a result of these stories being passed down to Norma from her mother, a member of the Stolen Generation herself. Hand made acid free paper paintings are another of her specialities.
 
 
 
Regina Karadada born in 1952 to Wunumbal  artists,  Rosie and Louis Karadada. Regina's family reside in Kalumburu and are extremely well known artists and identities in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia.
 

Regina began painting in the late 1980s and continues today with the main subject being the unique Wandjinas.  Wandjina  is a generic term referring to the spirit ancestors of the present Kimberley people and these rock paintings are considered to be thousands of years old.

 
 
Rosemary Bird Mpetyane was born in 1978 to Utopian artists Paddy Bird Jungala (Ngale) and Eileen Bird Nungarai. Her grand mother was the renowned artist Ada Bird Petyarre (dec). Rosemary is married to the artist Clifford Tilmouth and they, along with their two children live with extended family in the Utopia Region. Her art subjects range from the bush plum dreaming, Alpar plant to Awelye or women's ceremony.
 
Rosemary has been exhibiting since 2002 and her works are in collections nationally and internationally.
 
Born in 1958, Sarah Kngwarreye Morton is the third daughter of Utopian artist Mary Morton Kemarre and sculpture Billy Stockman Morton (dec). Along with her mother and sisters Lucky, Audrey, Ruby, Janice and Hazel, was part of the 1980 batik workshops in Utopia, and the worldwide touring exhibition of the Robert Holmes a Court collection.
 
Sarah's work today is in acrylic on canvas depicting stories of her mother's country.
 
Teresa Purla (Pwerle), the daughter of renowned Utopian artist Barbara Weir & the granddaughter of the late Minnie Pwerle, is an Alyawarr woman born in Darwin in 1963 and began painting in 1990. Teresa and her parents spent a number of her early years living in Papunya .
 
Teresa's paintings are highly detailed and often multi layered with the underlying influence of her mother, Barbara Weir, My Mother's Country series.
Teresa's works can be found in private collections nationally and internationally.
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 Jeffrey Hanson - Jeffrey paints stories of events that happened in his family history.  His grandfather comes from Tennant Creek and grandmother is from Pigeon Hole Community.  These two areas are his country and are both represented in his work. 
Jeffrey lives in Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, his language is Guringji. 
 
Born in 1994, Jeffrey already has a  painting in a collection in Belgium, a young artist with a promising future.