Jeannie Pitjara Petyarre

Jeannie Pitjara Petyarre

Jeannie Pitjara Petyarre was born in the 1950s into a family of well-known artists at Boundary Bore, Utopia. Her cousins include such greats as Gloria Petyarre, Nancy, Myrtle, Kathleen, Violet, and Ada Bird. She predominantly paints Bush Medicine Leaves, Bush Yam, Bush Yam Seeds and Women’s ceremony, paintings which are characterised by vibrant colours and designs celebrating the spirit of the Yam plant. Jeannie tells that this colourful style was taught to her by her Aunt, the famous Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who told Jeannie before she died that she must continue to paint the family’s Yam Dreaming.