Jessie Pitjara Hunter

Skin: Pitjara (also known as Petyarre)
Region: Irrultja, Utopia, Northern Territory
Vendor: Utopian Aboriginal Art
Dreaming: Arawerr country, sugar bag body design, Awely (Body Paint)

Jessie Pitjara Hunter was born in 1957 at MacDonald Downs and is the sister of renowned artists Sandy, Annie and Susan Pitjara Hunter. Her work has been collected by many significant public and private galleries and institutions.
Jessie’s Dreaming is Awely (Body Paint). In her paintings, she symbolizes all that is associated with Awely – the decorated torsos of the women, the women’s ceremonial sites or dreaming places where women are gathered and the other representations of the ceremony – digging and music sticks, coolamons and feather adornments. Her paintings depict different body designs which are painted on the women’s breasts, arms and shoulders. She paints these designs from an aerial perspective.

  • Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands.
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
  • The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
  • The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
  • 1985 - The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
  • 1989 - A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney [through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art]
  • 1988-89 - Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, S. H. 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.
  • 2005 - Black Ink: Indigenous Prints from the Queensland Art Gallery Collection, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2007 - A Brush with Art, Eastern Desert Art Songs, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna
  • 2009 - East-West, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, South Australia
  • 2009 - Aboriginal art in Korea, Gong Pyeong Art Space, Seoul
  • 2012 – Utopian art, Without Pier Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2013 – Landscape of our Dreaming -Red Poles, McLaren Vale