Betty Kuntiwa Pumani is recognised for her bold paintings of Antara. Her late mother Kunmanara (Miliatjari) Pumani taught Betty and her older sister, Kunmanara (Ngupulya) Pumani to paint this site, which is of utmost importance to her family and part of her mother’s country. Antara is connected to the maku (witchetty grub).
This stunning work won the 2017 Wynne Prize and offers a vibrant image of country, painted in striking colour. Betty’s signature reds evoke the rocky desert country of Antara, while simultaneously suggesting blood or viscera, and an unmistakable energy. The contrasting areas of white and its subtle tonal shifts are a quiet and patient counterpoint to these pulsating reds.
Place where the work was made
acrylic on linen
203.0 x 303.0 x 4.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Acquired with funds provided by the AGNSW Board of Trustees 2017
© Betty Kuntiwa Pumani
Shown in 1 exhibition
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes (2017), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Jul 2017–22 Oct 2017