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Title

Antara

2017


Artist

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani

Australia

01 Jun 1963 -

Language groups

Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region, Yankunytjatjara, Southern desert region


About

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.


Details


Date

2017


Media category

Painting


Materials used

acrylic on linen


Dimensions

203.0 x 303.0 x 4.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Acquired with funds provided by the AGNSW Board of Trustees 2017


Accession number

189.2017


Wynne Prize

Winner - 2017


Artist information

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history