Art Stage Singapore - Margaret Loy Pula
Mitchell Fine Art is proud to present a solo exhibition by award winning artist Margaret Loy Pula at Art Stage Singapore from the 21st - 24th January 2016.
Hailing from the remote community of Utopia in Central Australia, Pula continues a legacy that dates back millennia. Painting traditional stories handed down from her father she depicts homelands, bush foods and ceremonial designs using a patternation of intricate dot work.
An integral part of her culture, Pula’s primary subject matter is ‘Anatye”, the wild yam. More than just a source of sustenance the yam holds a deep spiritual significance to the Anmatyerre people of Central Australia. Pula has been exposed to art her entire life. Hers is a culture rich in symbolism and iconography. The Anmatyerre employ a visual and verbal record of ancient belief and custom rather than a written one. As such art is a part of everyday life from dance, ceremony and instruction to the uninitiated.
In the 1980’s Utopia experienced a creative revolution as they were introduced to modern art mediums and a means of articulating ancient traditional stories in a contemporary context. It exposed a rich vein of immense innate artistic talent. Talent that had been honed by the consistency of its application across the broader cultural and social aspects of life.
Pula did not pursue her own art however until 2007. She is now being touted as one of the most exciting emerging artists to come of the central deserts.
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).
Margaret has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize (2012), Sulman Prize (2013), Blake Prize (2013), Gold Coast Art Prize (2011), Fleurieu Art Prize (2013). Margaret has also won the Muswellbrook Art Prize (2013), Redland Art Prize (2014) and the Grace Cossington Smith Art Prize (2014).
Margaret Loy Pula is represented by Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
Art Stage Singapore is held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre from 21st - 24th January 2016.