Barbara Mbitjana Moore
Barbara Mbitjana Moore is a proud Anmatyerre woman originally from the Ti Tree (Tea Tree) community 190 kilometres north of Alice Springs in Central Australia, and now living in Amata on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in north-west South Australia.
Recognised for her formidable command of paint on large-scale canvases, Moore uses bold designs and intense colour to represent variations in the landscape in her bird’s eye perspectives of her beloved Anmatyerre Country and her memories of place. Moore upholds the importance of keeping Country and culture strong, and passing on cultural practice and knowledge to younger generations.
Moore was awarded the prestigious General Painting Prize at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2012, and has since been a NATSIAA finalist in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as being a finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 2017, 2019 and 2021. Her work features in numerous prominent collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and Artbank Australia.
In 2020 Moore was a recipient of the coveted Australia Council Artist Residency at Kluge-Ruhe in Charlottesville, USA, which coincided with her first solo exhibition Ngayulu Nguraku Ninti | The Country I Know and the completion of a large-scale mural on the walls of the gallery.
© The Artist, Tjala Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2022