Anna Price Petyarre was born around 1965 on Utopia Station, north east of Alice Springs, in Anmatyerre country and is the daughter of artist Glory Ngale.
Like many of the women from this region, Anna was introduced to art using western media relatively young, being involved in Batik projects and taking up painting at a young age in the 1980's.
Anna depicts the Bush Yam, Bush Yam Seed and Salt Lakes stories. These are the Dreamings of her grandfather and father’s country from the Boundary Bore region. As a traditional Aboriginal woman who engages in sacred ceremonies, she also paints women’s body paint designs.
Anna takes the utmost care and pride in her work and endeavours to bring the sensitivity of her culture to the canvas. Anna paints the salt lakes found in and around her home country. Her painting is an aerial perspective of the salt lakes and surrounding country. The large circles show dried salt plains that have formed over time. Following the heavy rains of the monsoon, large water holes are created. Gradually the water evaporates leaving only the salt behind, which form the large rings represented in Anna’s work. The other facets of Anna’s painting show colours of the earth found in Utopia, the rich red sand, the clay, and the ochres all moving together with the contours of the land.
National Gallery of Australia Canberra; Artbank Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Victorian Art Centre Melbourne; Anthropology Art Museum Perth; Holmes a Court Collection, Perth; private and corporate collections in USA, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Italy.
1996 "Utopia Dreaming", Soho Gallery, Sydney
1997 Dacou Gallery, Adelaide
1997 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney
1998 Selected entrant for the 15th NATSIAA
1999 Tandanya, Adelaide
1999 BMG Art, Adelaide
2000 Tandanya, Adelaide
2000 Dacou (in association with AMP), Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2001 "Women's Business", Australian Exhibition Centre, Chigaco, USA
2001 Japingka Gallery, Perth
2001 Raintree Aboriginal Art Gallery, Darwin
2002 Galerie Le Temps du Reve, France
2002 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2002 Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne