Betty Kuntiwa Pumani

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DOB: 1963
Born: Mimili, SA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara
COMMUNITY: Mimili, SA

Betty Pumani is the daughter of Milatjari Pumani. Betty was raised in Mimili, went to school there and worked at the local store, the clinic and at the art centre. Betty has four other siblings: Michael, Luey, Ngupulya and Ken.

Betty married a local man, Litja Brown with whom she has two children, Marina and Max.

Betty started painting in 1996, her paintings are a mix of figurative and traditional pattern and stories. Betty's paintings often depict a trip to country to gather bush tucker and meat, such as kangaroo, emu, sand goanna, perentie and rabbit.



Collections

  • Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
  • Kaplan & Levi Collection, Seattle, USA
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
  • Castlemaine Art Museum, Castlemaine
  • Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo
  • University of Wollongong Art Collection, Wollongong
  • Pat Corrigan Collection, Sydney
  • Artbank, Sydney

Awards and Recognition

2021 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Finalist (jointly with Marina Pumani Brown)
2021 Hadley's Art Prize, Hadley's Orient Hotel, Hobart - Finalist
2020 37th NATSIAA - Finalist
2019 36th NATSIAA - Finalist
2019 Len Fox Award - Winner
2019 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Finalist
2018 Hadley's Art Prize, Hadley's Orient Hotel, Hobart - Highly Commended
2018 35th NATSIAA - Finalist
2018 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Finalist
2018 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs - Finalist
2017 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Winner
2016 33rd NATSIAA - Winner General Painting Award
2016 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs - Finalist
2015 32nd NATSIAA - Winner General Painting Award
2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of WA, Perth - Finalist
2015 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs - Finalist
2014 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs - Finalist
2012 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs - Finalist
2011 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs - Finalist
2009 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs - Finalist
2008 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs - Finalist




History

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Ngnampa Walytja - Our FAmily, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Malaku Angkupai Antaraku: Always Returning to Antara, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Private Collection | Private View: One Collector's Passion & Soul, Cooee Art, Redfern
2021 Nganampa Walytja - Antara, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2021 The National 2021: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2020 Artists of the APY Art Centre Collective 2020, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2020 Director's Choice 2020, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Tarnathi, Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Rennes, France
2020 Kinara Mimi, RAFT Art Space, Alice Springs
2018 Antara, Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, USA
2018 Nganampa Ngura Kurunjara, The Place of Our Spirit, Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2018 Sydney Contemporary 18, Carriageworks, Sydney
2018 Art of the APY Art Centre Collective, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2017 Tarnathi, Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2017 Artists of the APY Lands, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2017 Installation Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary. Carriageworks, Sydney
2016 Nganampa Kililpil - Our Stars, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
2016 Kantilya ngaran. Kuranyukutu nyakunytjaku, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2016 Tilpu Munu Pampaku Tjukurrpa Kunpu Kanyintjaku, RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs
2015 Tjukurrpa Kunpu - Strong Culture, Harvey Arts Project, Sun Valley, USA
2015 Tjintu Kuli - Summer Day, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2015 Putungutu Urukuta - Desert to the Sea, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2015 Ngunytju Kurunpa - Mother Spirit, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2014 Uwankara Nganana Mimili Maku Arts, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2014 Tjina Kuwaritja, Aboriginal Pacific Art, Sydney
2014 Mimili Maku - Ngnanampa Wanka (Our Voice), Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2013 Mimili Maku, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River, WA
2013 Pira-Mimi, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2013 Antara, Aboriginal Pacific Art, Sydney
2013 APY Survey Show, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2013 Kinara Pulkapakani, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2012 Tjukurrpa Kunpu, A.P. Bond Gallery, Adelaide
2012 Kapi Warku, Aboriginal Pacific Art, Sydney
2012 Mimili Maku Alinytjara, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2012 Wapar - Yankunytjatjara Dreaming, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2012 Ngura Puti - Bush Home, Redot Gallery, Singapore
2011 Mimili Maku Arts, A.P. Bond Gallery, Adelaide
2011 Tjukuritja Kunpu Kanyitjaku, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2011 SALA, robert Fielding & Betty Pumani, A.P. Bond Gallery, Adelaide
2011 Ngnampa Painting-ku Nyuwana, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2010 Piiny - Piinya Tjukurpa, RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs
2010 Mimili Maku, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2009 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs
2008 Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs