Sandy Pitjara (Petyarre) Hunter

Skin: Pitjara (also spelt Petyarre)
Language Group: Alyawarr
Region: Irrultja, Utopia, Northern Territory
Vendor: Eastern Desert Art
Dreaming: Caterpillar (Atlerlayt), Bush Tucker Seeds

Caterpillar (Aylperlayt) Dreaming:
Sandy is concerned with Caterpillar Dreaming. His painting depicts an aerial view of his country as created by the Caterpillar Ancestor. Sandy maintains the classical men’s tradition of meticulously laid out geometric lines and circles representing the tracks and marks of the Ancestral journeys.

His distinctive work consists of hundreds of thousands of carefully executed minute dots in a broad harmony of colour.

Sculptural Works from the Bat’s Wing Coral Tree or Bean Tree (Erythrina vespertilio)
These beautifully detailed works which stand on their own pedestals have been hand carved from the wood of the local native Bean Tree. Sandy Pitjara Hunter works from a large section of the tree-trunk and uses various chisels to shape it. He then applies feathery strokes to the head and dotting to the torso in various shades of polmer acrylic paint.

  • 2007 - Patterns Of Power- Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay, Sydney
  • 2007 - Eastern Desert Dreaming, GalleryG, Brisbane
  • 2008 - Power of Place, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Adelaide
  • 2014-17 - Without Pier Gallery, Melbourne