Margaret Loy Pula

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DOB: 1956
Born: Amaroo Station, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Anmatyerre
COMMUNITY: Utopia, NT

Margaret Loy Pula hails from an distinguished artistic family. She is the daughter of well known artist Kathleen Petyarre and the mother of Abie Loy Kemarre, already a highly sought after artist, from the Utopia region. Both Abie and Margaret were taught to paint by Kathleen. Margaret's aunties are the Petyarre sisters - Ada, Nancy, Myrtle and Gloria all of whom are established artists and whose works hang in collections both in Australia and overseas.

Margaret was born bush on Amaroo Station in Central Australia and grew up in the small outstations at Utopia, approx 230kms north of Alice Springs. Surrounded by great artists in her near and extended family, she has been exposed to art for most her life. Much of her extended family took part in the Utopia Women's Batik Group in the late 1980s, an initiative which kicked off the Aboriginal art movement in this part of Central Australia.

Margaret paints her father's Dreaming. The stories she depicts are varied and include those of her country, bush food and ceremonial designs. However, Anatye or Bush Potato Dreaming is her primary subject matter. Anatye is a vital food source and holds deep spiritual significance to the Anmatyerre people.

Margaret uses a limited palette of colours and precisely applies series of fine, microscopic dots. Her artworks usually take the form of an abstract, aerial perspective of her Country where the bush potato grows.

Margaret has won a number of prestigious art awards as well as being a Finalist in many others. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Arthur Guy Memorial Prize. In 2012, she became the first Indigenous artist to win the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in South Australia while in 2011, she won the Sunshine Coast Art Prize as well as the Paddington Art Prize.

Margaret Loy Pula has also won the 2013 Muswellbrook Art Prize, the 2014 Redland Art Prize and the 2014 Grace Cossington Smith Art Prize. She has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize, Sulman Prize, Blake Prize, Gold Coast Art Prize, Fleurieu Art Prize, and the Calleen Art Prize.

Margaret spends most of her time between her home in Alice Springs and in her homelands near Utopia, approx 230kms north of Alice Springs in Central Australia.

Collections

  • Redland Art Gallery
  • Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
  • Cowra Regional Gallery
  • South Australian Museum
  • Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
  • Caloundra Regional Gallery

Awards & Recognition

2017 Tattersalls Art Prize, Brisbane - Winner
2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize - Winner
2016 Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize - Commended
2016 Stanthorpe Art Festival Prize, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery QLD - Finalist
2015 Lethbridge 10,000 Art Prize, Brisbane - Finalist
2015 Kogarah Art Prize, Sydney - Finalist
2015 Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Griffith University, Brisbane
2015 Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery NSW- Finalist
2015 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, Melbourne - Finalist
2014 Redland Art Prize - Winner
2014 Heysen Art Prize, Hahndorf, SA - Finalist
2014 Grace Cossington Smith Art Prize - Winner
2014 Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery NSW- Finalist
2014 Alice Art Prize, Alice Springs NT - Finalist
2013 Whyalla Art Prize - Finalist
2013 Sulman Art Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Finalist
2013 Muswellbrook Art Prize - Winner
2013 Gold Coast Art Prize - Finalist
2013 Fleurieu Art Prize - Finalist
2013 Calleen Art Award, Cowra Regional Art Gallery NSW- Finalist
2013 Blake Art Prize - Finalist
2013 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize - Finalist
2013 Albany Art Prize - Finalist
2012 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Finalist
2012 Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize - Finalist
2012 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize - Winner
2012 Paddington Art Prize - Finalist
2012 Outback Open Art Award- Finalist (Second Prize)
2012 Mosman Art Prize - Finalist
2012 Lethbridge 10,000 Art Prize - Finalist
2012 Kogarah Art Prize - Finalist
2012 John Villiers Waltzing Mati lda Outback Art Show - Finalist
2012 Hawkesbury Art Prize - Finalist
2012 City of Swan Contemporary Art Prize - Finalist
2012 City of Hobart Art Prize - Finalist
2012 City of Albany Art Prize - Finalist
2012 Calleen Art Prize - Finalist
2012 Alice Art Prize - Highly Commended
2011 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize - Finalist
2011 Sunshine Coast Art Prize - Winner
2011 Paddington Art Prize - Winner
2011 Outback Open Art Award - Finalist (Second Prize)
2011 Muswellbrook Open Art Prize - Finalist
2011 Lethbridge 10,000 Art Prize - Finalist
2011 Kenilworth Art Prize - Finalist
2011 Gold Coast Art Prize - Finalist
2011 City of Whyalla Art Prize - Finalist







History

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2019 Margaret Loy Pula: Anatye, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange
2016 Anatye, Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane
2015 Margaret Loy Pula, Linton and Kay Galleries, Perth
2013 Anatye II, Muk Muk Fine Art, Darwin
2012 Anatye II, Muk Muk Fine Art, Alice Springs
2012 Anatye - Margaret Loy Pula, Buratti Fine Art, Fremantle
2011 Margaret Loy Pula, Solo Exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Anatye, Muk Muk Fine Art, Alice Springs

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Small Images - Grand Visions 40/40, Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney
2011 Three Fine Ladies, Muk Muk Fine Art, Darwin
2012 Iconic Aboriginal Artists, Gallery One, Gold Coast
2013 Visions of Utopia, Muk Muk Fine Art, Sofitel Brisbane
2014 Iconic Indigenous Artists, Gallery One, Gold Coast
2014 Salon de Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2015 Pulse Miami Beach, Marc Strauss, Miami, USA
2015 Margaret Loy Pula & Lily Kelly Napangardi, Marc Strauss, New York, USA
2016 Art Stage Singapore, Mitchell Fine Art, Singapore