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Artist Profile

Born: 1981 Language Group: Alyawarre Country: Arawerre, Utopia Region, Nort…

Artist Profile

Born: 1981

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Arawerre, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Iy-lenky-la (Small Earthworm), Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Tharrkarr (Honey Grevillea), Irreyakwerre (Bush Onion), Ntyeny Ngkwarl (Red Mallee Flower), Women's Dreaming, Bush Tucker

Loretta Jones belongs to a strong family of artists. She grew up at Arawerre (Soapy Bore) which is in the Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs. Her mother, Gypsy Jones, has been an artist for a long time and Loretta would have probably been taught to paint and gained knowledge about the stories she paints by Gypsy and other ladies in her community.

Loretta has five sisters and four brothers (Jilly, Sandra, Agnes, Rhonda, Lilly, Anthony, Robert, Denny and Kevin), most of whom paint as well. She continues to live in the Utopia region with her extended family.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs


2014 Narrativa Herióca - Pintura Aborígine do Deserto Australiano - Renaissance Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil
2014 Arca Urbana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Artist: Loretta Jones Petyarre

Size: 90 x 90cm

Title: Iy-lenky-la (Small Earth Worm)

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Year Painted: 2014

Iy-lenky-la (Small Earth Worm)

Loretta is painting the story of small earthworms found in her country. Pronounced Iy-lenky-la in Loretta's language, this creature is represented in her painting by the concentric circle designs. She, Iy-lenky-la, is asleep in the centre and then unwinds herself around and around. Iy-lenky-la is special to Loretta as the story belongs to the women of her country, Arawerre.

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