Aboriginal Art

Anna Petyarre Pitjara Price

Anna Petyarre Pitjara Price (aka Anna Price, Anna Pitjara, Anna Petyarre) began painting in the 1981 and comes from a well known artistic family. Her mother was Glory Ngala (late) and her Aunty was Emily Kame Kngwarreye (late).Anna primarily paints Yam Seed Dreaming, her works are colourful and intricate expressions of the songs and stories associated with her plant totem, the Bush Yam, and its seeds. Her work incorporates the patterns of the water flows and desert features where Bush Yam is found and ceremonies are practiced. The Bush Yam has been a staple food and water source for the Anmatyerre people for countless years, and the seeds that form and scatter from the plant are ground up to make flour for damper. During ceremony, it is Anna’s duty to pay homage to the yam seeds and give thanks for their abundance and regenerative qualities. By painting to the tempo of a ceremonial song, Anna expresses her connection to her plant totem in a permanent medium.

Her work is becoming more collectible as she develops her craft and cements her reputation as one of Utopia’s rising talents. She has a dynamic style, changing several times in the last two decades to her current fine representation of her story.

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