Margaret Loy Pula
Hailing from Utopia in Central Australia Margaret Loy Pula continues a legacy that dates back through millennia. Painting traditional stories handed down from her father she depicts her homelands, bush foods and ceremonial designs using a series of finely detailed dots.
Margaret paints her culture and her father’s dreaming. Her main story is “Anatye” or Bush Potato dreaming. The painting portrays a plant that is an important food source to the Anmatyerre people of Central Australia. Margaret has been exposed to art for most of her life having grown up in the small community where she still resides. However she did not pursue her art seriously until 2007.
In 2012 Margaret was the first Indigenous artist to win the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in South Australia.
In 2011 she was the first female artist to win the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and in the same year the first female artist to win the Paddington Art Prize (Sydney).
In 2016 she received a Commended Award for the Tattersalls Art Prize in Brisbane.
Margaret has also won the Muswellbrook Art Prize (2013), Redland Art Prize (2014) and the Grace Cossington Smith Art Prize (2014). She has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize (2012), Sulman Prize (2013), Blake Prize (2013), Gold Coast Art Prize (2011), Fleurieu Art Prize (2013), Calleen Art Prize (2015).
In the last 18 months Pula has held major exhibitions in New York and exhibited at some of the world’s top art fairs including Singapore, Miami, New York and Mexico City.
Margaret is currently a finalist in the 2017 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize at the Bendigo Art Gallery and the 2017 Hadley's Art Prize at the Hadley's Orient Hotel in Hobart.