BETTY KUNTIWA PUMANI, NGUPULYA PUMANI, MARINA PUMANI BROWN Nganampa walytja - Our family
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Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Ngupulya Pumani and Marina Pumani Brown in Nganampa walytja – Our family. This exhibition showcases the collective cultural knowledge and unique creative vision of these three exceptional women, as they each powerfully portray their sacred landscape in the APY Lands of South Australia.
Betty Kuntiwa Pumani creates her own visual language to depict the significant site of Antara, of which she is a traditional custodian. Using her signature palette of red, blue and white, the strong yet subtle contrasts in her highly sophisticated compositions suggest the beauty and power of Antara, as well as her innate connection with the land. 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, Betty continues to build on her stellar artistic career being shortlisted this year for both the36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin and the Wynne Prize 2019 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Together with her sister Betty, Anangu artist Ngupulya Pumani is also a proud custodian of Antara. Her luminescent paintings present intricate designs that represent the sacred stories and ceremonies relating to the site, which were passed down to her by her late mother: "Antara is my mother's country. She taught me the stories, and showed me the places, like one special rockhole where women would have inma (ceremony). Now I remember her when I paint Antara."
Daughter of Betty Pumani, Marina Pumani Brown embodies the next generation of strong female Anangu artists, as her work captures the long line cultural knowledge passed down to her from her mother and ancestors. Marina’s distinctive paintings can be viewed as both literal maps of the landscape and objects of meaning removed from any physical representation. Whilst the significance of Antara is always present in her work, Marina broadens her practice by culminating both the traditional and contemporary aspects of life in the APY lands.
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