Dolly Mills Petyarre was born at Boundary Bore Outstation, circa 1948. Dolly comes from a large family of established and emerging artists. Her sister Gloria Petyarre and brother Greeny Purvis (dcd) are both internationally recognised artists.

Like many artists from the area, Dolly participated in the “Utopia A Picture Story-88 silk batiks” which is now placed in the Robert Holmes a Court Collection.

Dolly generally paints stories from her country (Alhalkere) and “Yam Dreaming”, which is an important food source for her people.

 

Selected Exhibitions


1984

• First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

 

1985

• Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

 

1989

• Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89

• SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

 

1990

• ‘Utopia – A Picture Story,’ an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court

• Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland

 

1992

• Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

 

2003

• “Hello Dolly”, Sofitel Melbourne, World Vision Australia – Walkabout Art

 

2006

• “Senior Women of Utopia”, GalleryG, Brisbane

 

2007

• “Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert”, Simmer on the Bay, Sydney

• Eastern Desert Dreaming, Artists from Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane