Artist: Betty Mbitjana
Born Utopia NT
Skin name : Anmatyerre
Story:Betty Mbitjana is the daughter of the renowned artist Minne Pwerle and the sister to Barbara Weir. Betty paints the Awelye, bush berry and bush plum dreaming, Betty Awelye paintings depict the designs that the women would paint on their bodies, and the dancing tracks which are made in the sand during woman’s Awelye ceremonies.
Woman pay homage to their ancestor’s show respect for their country and dance their collective maternal roles within their community. The women paint these dancing tracks on their bodies before ceremony is performed and the same designs can be found in Betty’s paintings today.
Artist: Gloria Petyarre
BORN: Utopia, Northern Territory
Gloria is a multi-award winning artist and a highly collectible one. Her involvement in the founding projects of the Utopian Art Movement and her status in the group have given her a place in Australian Art History Apart from winning the AGNSW Wynne Prize in 1999, Gloria went on to be a finalist four more times. The most prestigious Indigenous art competition in this country the ‘Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’ has featured her artworks on many occasions.
Her works are widely collected and commonly held in the finest Aboriginal Art Collections and Museums worldwide. Her different styles of painting consists of the Thorny Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming, Yam Dreaming, Bush Medicine leaf , Grass Seed and Body Paint Dreaming
Gloria is arguably the most famous and significant of all female Australian Aboriginal Artists living and working today. She is internationally acclaimed for her ‘Bush Medicine Leaf’ paintings
Artist : Jeannie Petyarre
Born: utopia NT
Story : Jeannie is the niece of the late Emily Kngwarreye, Emily encourage Jeannie to paint her family yam dreaming. All of Jeannie’s dreamtime sotires come from the Alhalkere country and are passed down to her from her fathers side. Jeannie paints the yam seed,yam leaf, yam flower dreaming mountain devil lizard and my country dreaming.
In 1990 her work was chosen to be part of the Robert Holmes a court collection, which toured extensively and was featured in the book “Utopia a picture story”
Artist : Rosemary Petyarre
Skin name :Petyarre
Born : Utopia NT
Story : Rosemary was one of the first groups of Anmatyerre women at the forefront of the art movement who travelled to Indonesia to learn different techniques for producing batik. Following the Holmes a Court summer project.
rosemary is a highly collectable artist with her work in major Australia collections and worldwide collections. Her designs are the yam dreaming , body paint and bush yam flower.
Artist: Evelyn Pultara
Born: Utopia NT
Skin name: Pultara
Story : Evelyn was born in Utopia in a cattle station called Woodgreen. she is the niece of the world famous artist the late Emily Kingwarreye and the sister of Greeny Purvis Pultara both of whom share the plant totem of the bush yam. Evelyn is now the senior custodian of the dreamtime story of the bush yam.She began painting in 1997 with her stories about bush tucker and Awelye (women’s ceremonial body paint) now she just paints the bush yam dreamtime story.
Evelyn is a very quiet spoken woman about her work but her husband clem who always accompanies her is happy to tell perform the songs the accompany Evelyn’s yam dreaming paintings.
Awards: 2005 the winner of the general painting division of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
Artist: Colleen Wallace Nungari
Language group: Eastern Arrernte
Lives: Utopia, Central Australia
Colleen’s paintings depict the “Dreamtime Sisters” in a style made famous by her Aunt, Kathleen Wallace of Santa Teresa in Central Australia. Kathleen passed the style and story onto Colleen, a self-taught artist whose works previously depicted stories from her father’s country further north.
The Dreamtime Sisters are ancestral spirit figures who look after their country and guide their people. These paintings are highly sought after from Colleen.
Colleen comes from a strong family tradition of Eastern Arrernte painters including Kathleen and Gabrielle Wallace. Colleen was raised by her mother at both Santa Teresa and Alice Springs and Colleen’s father’s country is near Gem Tree, north east of Alice Springs. Colleen’s work has been featured in many exhibitions within Australia and the US.