Evelyn Pultara

Evelyn Pultara

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DOB: c. 1940
Born: Woodgreen Station, Utopia, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Anmatyerre
COMMUNITY: Utopia, NT

Evelyn Pultara was born at Woodgreen Station, a cattle property adjoining Utopia Station, around the time of the outbreak of World War II. She is the niece of renowned artist the late Emily Kngwarreye and the sister of Greeny Purvis Pultara, both of whom share with Evelyn the plant totem of the bush yam. Evelyn is now a senior custodian of the Dreaming of the bush yam. When she began painting in 1997 her work featured traditional bush tucker and awelye (women's ceremonial body paint) designs. She now exclusively paints the bush yam.

A reserved and quiet woman, Evelyn rarely speaks about her work or reveals any more than necessary about the context of her paintings. Her husband Clem, also an artist, is far more outgoing and readily performs the songs that accompany Evelyn's paintings. It is said that the rhythm and spirit of the yam corroborree is conveyed in Evelyn's work.


Awards and Recognition

2005 22nd NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist and General Painting Award Winner

History

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2005 The Art of Evelyn Pultara, Gig Gallery, Sydney
2004 Evelyn Pultara, curated by Amida Allevi, abOrigena, Milan

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Beyond the Veil, Olsen Gruin, New York
2010 Stories from the Centre, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2010 Tradition to Modernity, Central Art, Deloraine
2005 Linda Syddick & Evelyn Pultara, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2003 World Vision Walkabout Gallery, Sydney