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Hailing from the remote community of Utopia in Central Australia, Margaret Loy 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 or bush potato. More than just a source of sustenance the yam holds a deep spiritual significance to her people of the Anmatyerre tribe.

Pula has been exposed to art her entire life however she did not pursue her own art until 2007. Pula hails from an incredibly distinguished artistic family. She is the daughter of well-known Aboriginal artist Kathleen Petyarre and the mother of Abie Loy Kemarre. 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.

Pula’s paintings are organic, reminiscent of fauna, spider webs, living cells. The viewpoint of the work looks down onto a landscape, similar to a topographical map where the bush potato grows. A bush potato sends out long white edible tendrils up to 10 feet long similar to the common sweet potato and Pula’s slight, flowing lines and geometric webs mimic this aesthetic.

Here we are reminded perhaps of early Minimal grids of American geometric abstract art but with Pula there is a poignant sense of delicacy and fragility that is countered by strength of color.

Most recently in 2017, Pula was awarded the prestigious Arthur Guy Memorial Prize. 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). Her work is found in important public and private collections in Australia, Asia, US and Europe such as the South Australian Museum.

Margaret Loy Pula (b. 1956) spends most of her time in her homelands near Utopia, approx 230kms north of Alice Springs in Central Australia.

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Selected Works
Acrylic on Linen
59 x 60 1.4 inches / 150 x 153 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Anatye (Bush Potato)

Acrylic on Linen
59 x 60 1.4 inches / 150 x 153 cm

Acrylic on Linen
35 1/2 x 35 3/4 inches / 90 x 91 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Anatye (Bush Potato)

Acrylic on Linen
35 1/2 x 35 3/4 inches / 90 x 91 cm

48 x 48 inches / 122 x 122 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Anatye (Bush Potato)

48 x 48 inches / 122 x 122 cm

Acrylic on Linen
47 3/4 x 48 inches / 121 x 122 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Anatye (Bush Potato)

Acrylic on Linen
47 3/4 x 48 inches / 121 x 122 cm

Acrylic on Linen
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches / 120 x 120 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Anatye (Bush Potato)

Acrylic on Linen
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches / 120 x 120 cm

Acrylic on Linen
59 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Anatye (Bush Potato)

Acrylic on Linen
59 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm

Acrylic on Linen
35 1/2 x 35 3/4 inches / 90 x 91 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Anatye (Bush Potato)

Acrylic on Linen
35 1/2 x 35 3/4 inches / 90 x 91 cm

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