Born in the 1940’s, Rosemary was one of a group of Anmatyerre women at the forefront of the art movement in the Utopia area.
Rosemary’s artistic career began with her involvement in the making of batik in Utopia. She was amongst a small group of women who travelled to Indonesia to learn various techniques in the manufacturing of batiks. It was after the “summer project” sponsored by the CAAMA network in 1998, that Rosemary spread her wings and started painting with acrylics on canvas and linen. Her works vary form traditional iconography to the more contemporary styles of the Utopian region.
The design elements in Rosemary’s painting are associated with the Atnwelarre – Pencil Yam Dreaming from her country, Alhalkere. Rosemary uses the feathered linear design to represent the leaves of the bush yam. Rosemary Petyarre is the sister of Greenie Purvis Petyarre, also an accomplished artist from Utopia.