Evelyn Pultara Painting Titled : Dreaming Australian Aboriginal Art


Evelyn Pultara Titled : Dreaming

Evelyn Pultara was born in approximately 1940 and comes from Woodgreen Station, located in Utopia in Central Australia. Evelyn is from the Anmatyerre language group in Utopia and is the sister of Greeny Purvis Petyarre, another well known Utopian artist who sadly passed away in 2010. She is also the niece of the famous and late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

A mother of six children, Evelyn has grown up in her traditional homelands surrounding Utopia and raised her children there. She began painting in 1997 and started out depicted more traditional designs such as bush tucker and Awelye (women’s ceremonial body paint designs) however she has progressed rapidly and is an outstanding artist in her own right.

She now exclusively paints her plant totem, the Bush Yam (or also referred to as the Pencil Yam). The Aboriginal word for this is Atnwelarr, and it has been an abundant source of food and water for the Anmatyerre people for many years. The Yam is a slender twining plant with yellow pea flowers and edible tubers. As her totem it is Evelyn’s responsibility to pay homage to the Bush Yam through song, dance and ceremony. As a modern outlet for this, she pays homage to the Bush Yam through her art. Evelyn has also taught her daughter, Rachael Nambula the Bush Yam Dreaming,they both share similar styles however Evelyn’s brush strokes are much more controlled and precise whereas Rachael’s create a fiery of colour and lines. Central Art is pleased to also work with Rachael Nambula.

Evelyn typically uses acrylic paints on canvas and as an extension of her art is able to strengthen her personal connection with the Bush Yam and her environment as well as educate and inform art lovers from around the world. Evelyn now lives in Willowra, another Aboriginal community in Central Australia with her husband. Her artworks are bold and rich with colour,

Evelyn’s works can be found in many important and well known collections around Australia and in many other countries her artworks have been exhibited in Australia and overseas. In 2005, she was awarded first prize in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for her entry.   Evelyn is now an elder has had a wonderful career and is well known for her talent.

89cm x 119cm

Stretched Canvas