Michelle Pula Holmes

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DOB: 1968
Language Group: Alyawarre
Community: Ampilatwatja

Michelle's great love of her country is expressed in her uplifting artworks; fields of colour and intricate dotwork showcase the varied landscapes and vegetation in her Country. It is no surprise that Michelle takes immense pleasure in painting, or that her joyful art won her the People's Choice Award at the 2013 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA). Michelle was also part of the original Utopia Batik art movement during the 1980s, and her batik was acquired by the Robert Holmes Court Foundation.

The level of detail in Michelle's art demonstrates a deep connection to country, yet in keeping with cultural law, she only presents a small amount of knowledge to the uninitiated. Rather than depicting the Dreaming stories themselves, the artists of the Ampilatwatja community have chosen to paint the country in which these Dreaming stories and the ancestors inhabit. The subject matter is 'strong bush medicine' and her works pay homage to the significance and use of traditional bush medicine.

In her spare time, Michelle loves to go hunting - the opportunity to be on Country and to see the land, plants, flowers and the trees provide great inspiration for her art.

Collections

  • Robert Holmes Court Collection

Awards and Recognition

2021 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD - Finalist
2017 One of three artists selected for the 'Medicine Space' project at Parrtjima - Festival of Light
2013 30th NATSIAA - Telstra People’s Choice Award - Winner

History


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2020 Painters from Ampilatwatja - Living in the Natural World, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2018 Ampilatwatja My Country , Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2018 Artists of Ampilatwatja - Welcome to Paradise, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2017 Mwerr-angker Alpert (Pretty Flower) featuring Artists of Ampilatwatja, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2015 Mwerr-angker Alpert (Pretty Flower) featuring Artists of Ampilatwatja, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2014 Mwerr-angker Alpert (Pretty Flower) featuring Artists of Ampilatwatja, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2013 Ampilatwatja Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2012 Ampilatwatja Artists 2012, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle