Betty Kuntiwa Pumani
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani is respected senior artist and traditional custodian of the significant site of Antara, her mother’s country. Pumani creates her own visual language to evoke the beauty, power and energy of the land through her signature palette; the deep reds pulsate through composition, while the understated tones of white and blue offer subtle tonal balance, resulting in highly sophisticated and contemporary paintings.
Winner of the prestigious General Painting Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2015 and 2016 and winner of the Wynne Prize in 2017, Pumani continues to build on her stellar artistic career; in 2019 she was announced winner of the prestigious $50,000 Len Fox Painting Award at Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria.
2020 is set to be another strong year for Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, who was again shortlisted for the 37th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, this time with a collaborative piece she created with her daughter Marina Pumani Brown, who is also an exhibiting artist at Alcaston Gallery.
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani's work features in important collections and major institutions including Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands; Artbank, Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria; Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Kaplan and Levi Collection, Seattle, USA and private collections.
© The Artist, Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2020
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