Artist Profile

Betty Mbitjana
Born :c.1950
Location :Utopia, Northern Territory
Tribe :Alyawarre/Anmatyerre
Skin group :Mbitjana
Language :Anmatyerre


Betty Mbitjana


Betty Mbitjana was born in early 1950s in Utopia, Northern Territory. She is the daughter of acclaimed artist Minnie Pwerle (deceased) and sister of the renowned artist, Barbara Weir. She was married to Paddy Club (deceased).

Betty Mbitjana is carrying on the tradition started by Minnie Pwerle, painting the designs women would paint on their upper bodies for ceremonies on the Alyawarre/Anmatyerre cultural events. She paints the Body Design, Bush Berry and Bush Plum dreaming.

Betty's mother and other women of her family used to collect Bush Berry and Bush Plum, cut them up into pieces, skewer them on a piece of wood and dry them to be eaten in times when bush tucker was scarce.



                                             Betty Mbitjana


You are welcome to visit the art gallery to see Betty Mbitjana and other aboriginal artists artwork on canvas, linen, didgeridoo, coolamon, boomerang and pottery at: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street, Sydney 2000, New South Wales, Australia

Artworks by this artist

Awelye (Body Painting)
Art No:BM-109
Size:95 X 140

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