Anna Pitjara paints the country around her birth place. Her paintings have a very intricate dotting, used to show features of the landscape such as waterholes and water courses, areas where bush medicine and food can be found and weather events such as flooding or hail.
Anna Pitjara was taught to paint by her Aunties and her mother and her stories were handed down to her.
the bush yam and seeds are important parts of the diet for many people living in this region of the desert.
The Northern Territory is notoriously dry and arid and Anna paints the water sources in the desert.
Anna Pitjara began painting in 1981 and comes from a well known artistic family. Her mother was Glory Ngala (late) and her Aunty was Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Anna Pitjara 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. 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. The contours of the landscapes shaped by water courses are a
feature in her paintings.
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.
2002 Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne.
2002 Galerie Le Temps du Reve, France; 2002 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney;
2001 WOMEN’S BUSINESS, Australian Exhibition Centre, Chicago, USA;
2001 Japingka Gallery, Perth;
2001 Raintree Aboriginal Art Gallery, Darwin;
2000 Tandanya, Adelaide;
2000 Dacou (in association with AMP), Mary Place Gallery, Sydney;
1999 Tandanya, Adelaide;
1999 BMG Art, Adelaide;
1998 Selected entrant for the the 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Award, Darwin
1998 Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney;
1997 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne;
1997 Dacou Gallery, Adelaide;
1996 UTOPIA DREAMING, Soho Gallery, Sydney;
1998 Selected entrant for the 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Award, Darwin
Art Bank (Sydney)
Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide)
Powerhouse Museum (Sydney)
Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory (Darwin)
Homes a Court Gallery and gallery Collection (Perth)
Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth)
Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane)
The Kerry Stokes Collection
Anthropology Art Museum Perth; also private and
corporate collections in USA, Singapore, Ireland, India,
Poland, Denmark and Franc