Mutaka Wiya (No Cars)

This Artwork is an original by a Central Australian Aboriginal Artist. Copyright for the artwork remains with the Artist.

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Artist: Bessie Liddle
Title: Mutaka Wiya (No Cars)
Code: BL 3
Size: 65cm X 43cm
Price (AU): Call for Pricing
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Language: Luritja/ Pertame
Community: Iiltjiltjara Station
Region: South West of Alice Springs, NT
Artist Biography:

Bessie was born at ltjiltjari and grew up  in the region with her family, who went on mustering trips around Central Australia with her stockman father.  She went to school at Hermannsburg
Bessie talks about her childhood days when she and other children and family, travelled across desert country riding on horses and camels - “before the cars, and didn’t need cars”.

She married a stockman and worked as a camp cook at the station, then during the 1970’s the family moved to Alice Springs.  She commenced painting in 1987 and began to sell her art through CAAMA shops and Jukurrpa Artists.  Her work has sold in the UK, USA and Japan.

Selected Exhibitions:
1989 Friends of the Earth Galler, Melbourne;  1992 - 2009 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs;  1994 Tandanya, Adelaide;  1998, 1999 Chapel Gallery, Melbourne;  2000 Desart Gallery, Sydney;  2000 Arhus, Denmark;  2000 Beaver Galleries, Canberra;  2000, 2001, 2002, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne;  Massenson Gallery, Perth.

Selected Collections:
United Nations Building, Geneva;  National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne;  Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs;  Artbank

Awards:   2001 finalist in 18th Telstra NATSIAA
Aboriginal Artists;: dictionary Biographies - Janusz .B. Kreczmanski & Margo Birnberg

Last Updated: Saturday, 13 July 2024 07:17


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