Evelyn Pultara

Evelyn Pultara

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DOB: c. 1940
Born: Woodgreen Station, 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.


  • Pat Corrigan Collection, Sydney

Awards and Recognition

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


Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Palya - a tribute to Steve Ariston, Art Mob, Hobart
2021 Private Collection | Private View: One Collector's Passion & Soul, Cooee Art, Redfern
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