Jeannie Petyarre was born in 1951 at Boundary Bore, a small Aboriginal outstation in the Utopia region of Central Australia. She comes from a very popular and famous Aboriginal artist family. She is the niece of the late great Emily Kame Kngwarreye (who sadly passed away in 1996). Her sister is Rosemary Petyarre and her half siblings are Evelyn Pultara (2005 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award winner) and Greeny Purvis Petyarre (who sadly passed away in 2010).
Jeannie Petyarre’s artwork represents her traditional homelands at Alhalkere. She focused on the subject of Yam Dreaming, a significant Women’s Dreaming story that is most strongly identified with the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
In the Yam Dreaming Jeannie Petyarre represents the different stages of the growth cycle of the plant, showing the seasonal changes in the seeds, the leaves and the flowers.
Jeannie also paints Awelye, or the Women’s Ceremony and the associated body paint designs that relate to the ceremony.
Jeannie Petyarre has contributed artworks to international touring exhibitions that have been presented in Australia, China, Italy, France, USA and the Middle East.