Congratulations to Margaret Loy Pula on her selection as a finalist in the 2015 Churchie Emerging Art Prize at the Griffith University Art Gallery at Southbank in Brisbane.
Margaret Loy Pula was one of 38 finalists selected from over 900 entries.
2015 Churchie Emerging Art Prize Finalist
Hailing from Utopia in Central Australia Margaret 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 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 and is now being touted as of the most exciting emerging artists to come out of the Central deserts.
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 important food source to the Anmatyerre people.
“This painting is about my culture. That’s my father’s dreaming. This is from my father’s country, that country is called “Unjangola”. That is north of Utopia, not too far but really desert country”.
This painting is an aerial view of the growth pattern of the plant. The centre cross is the plant and the four arms forming the cross are the spreading tendrils. These vines send out more tendrils into the soil and this is where the potato (or pencil yam) begins to grow. The bush potato vine grows after the rains. The size of the potato is determined by the amount of rainfall.
The women and young girls go out to collect the potato. It is important for the next generation to have a knowledge of bush food. Nowadays crowbars are used to dig up the ground. If it has been a season of low rainfall the women may have to dig down several metres to find the potatoes.
Once collected they are cooked in the hot coals of the fire. They are an important source of bush food for the Anmatyerre people.
Margaret Loy Pula had her first exhibition in 2010. In 2012 Margaret was the first Indigenous artist to win the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in South Australia.
In 2011 Margaret 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 Loy Pula has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize (2012), the Sulman Prize (2013), the Blake Prize (2013), the Gold Coast Art Prize (2011) and the Fleurieu Art Prize (2013).
Margaret Loy Pula hails from an incredibly distinguished artistic family. She is the daughter of well known artist Kathleen Petyarre. Her aunties are the Petyarre sisters (Gloria Petyarre, Ada Bird Petyarre, Nancy Kunoth Petyarre) all of whom are established artists and whose works hang in collections both in Australia and overseas
Mitchell Fine Art is proud to present a solo exhibition by award winning Indigenous artist Margaret Loy Pula at Art Stage Singapore. Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Centre from the 21 - 24th January 2016.
To view more of Margaret's works please click here.