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.
• First National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
• Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
• Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89
• SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
• ‘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
• Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
• “Hello Dolly”, Sofitel Melbourne, World Vision Australia – Walkabout Art
• “Senior Women of Utopia”, GalleryG, Brisbane
• “Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert”, Simmer on the Bay, Sydney
• Eastern Desert Dreaming, Artists from Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane