Alice Springs ArtistsJeannie Petyarre – Medicine Leaf

SKU: SP-2017


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Title: Medicine Leaf

Size: 1230 x1990

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Painted: 2017


Skin name: Petyarre (Pitjara)

Language: Anmatyerre

Region: Utopia

Born: 1956

In 1988, Jeannie Petyarre was part of the group who produced Batik work using desert design on silk and cotton. Jeannie was encouraged by her aunt, the famous Emily Kngwarreye, to continue to paint her family’s Yam Dreaming.

Jeannie paints bush tucker stories, such as her “Bush Yam Dreaming” and “Bush medicine” stories.  Her work is characterised by vibrant designs celebrating the spirit of the yam plant as it generates year after year to feed the people.  “Bush Medicine” relates to the process of mixing various fruits and plants with animal fat to create medicine.  These colourful styles were taught to her by her aunt, the famous Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who told Jeannie before she died that she much continue family’s dreamings.


  • The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
  • Mem Aziz Private Collection, Melbourne VICT


  • 1989 Utopia Womens Paintings the first works on canvas
  • 1990 A Picture Story exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopian artists which toured Eire and Scotland
  • 1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2005 Cicada Trading, Illayda, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2005 Cicada Trading, Milan, Italy
  • 2006 Cicada Trading , Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2006 Cicada Trading, Annual Clear Lake Exhibition of Aboriginal Paintings, Houston, USA
  • 2006 Cicada Trading, Paris, France
  • 2006 Cicada Trading, Bahrain Art Society, the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • 2006 Cicada Trading, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates