Meet the Artist

Evelyn Pultara

Evelyn Pultara




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Utopia - NT

Evelyn Pultara was born at Woodgreen Station, a cattle property adjoining Utopia Station, around the time of the outbreak of World War II.

She is the niece of renowned artist the late Emily Kngwarreye and the sister of Greeny Purvis Pultara, both of whom share with Evelyn the plant totem of the bush yam. Evelyn is now a senior custodian of the Dreaming of the bush yam. When she began painting in 1997 her work featured traditional bush tucker and awelye (women’s ceremonial body paint) designs. She now exclusively paints the bush yam.

A reserved and quiet woman, Evelyn rarely speaks about her work or reveals any more than necessary about the context of her paintings. Her husband Clem, also an artist, is far more outgoing and readily performs the songs that accompany Evelyn’s paintings. It is said that the rhythm and spirit of the yam corroborree is conveyed in Evelyn’s work.

2010 Central Art,”Tradition to Modernity” , Deloraine, Tasmania
2005 ‘The Art of Evelyn Pultara’ Gig Gallery, Glebe, Sydney
2005 Telstra Award, Fremantle
2005 Linda Syddick & Evelyn Pultara, Japingka Gallery
2005 The Art of Evelyn Pultara, Gig Gallery, Glebe, Sydney
2004 Evelyn Pultara, curated by Amida Allevi, abOrigena, Milan
2003 World Vision Walkabout Gallery, Leichardt, Sydney

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2005 Evelyn was the winner of the general painting division of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

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