Gloria Petyarre is an Aboriginal artist from the Anmatyerre community, just north of Alice Springs. She is a significant figure in the Contemporary Indigenous art world. Gloria lived at the Utopia community after 1977, where she started batik painting, exhibiting in shows around Australia for ten years. She began work on the 'Summer Project' in 1989 which involved translating the batik paintings onto canvas. She was one of the founding members of this Utopia Women's Batik Group.
She paints several Dreamtime stories such as Pencil Yam, Bean, Emu, Mountain Devil Lizard and Small Brown Grass. Her paintings – monochromatic or multi-coloured - are distinguishable for their well-defined segments filled with curved lines, and evoke a strong rhythmic quality. Her style has evolved into abstract fields that represent the bush medicine leaves, grasses and bodypaint.