An image of Antara

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani

(Australia 01 Jun 1963 – )

Community
Mimili, Southern Desert region
Language group
Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region, Yankunytjatjara, Southern desert region

Antara

Location
Not on display
Further information

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani is recognised for her bold paintings of Antara. Her late mother Kunmanara (Miliatjari) Pumani taught Betty and her older sister, Ngupulya Pumani to paint this site, which is of utmost importance to her family and part of her mother’s country. Antara is connected to the maku (witchetty grub).
This stunning work won the 2017 Wynne Prize and offers a vibrant image of country, painted in striking colour. Betty’s signature reds evoke the rocky desert country of Antara, while simultaneously suggesting blood or viscera, and an unmistakable energy. The contrasting areas of white and its subtle tonal shifts are a quiet and patient counterpoint to these pulsating reds.

Place of origin
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia, Australia
Media
Painting
Medium
acrylic on linen
Dimensions
203.0 x 303.0 x 4.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Acquired with funds provided by the AGNSW Board of Trustees 2017
Accession number
189.2017
Copyright
© Betty Kuntiwa Pumani