Annie Pitjara Hunter, sister to artists Susan, Jessie and Sandy Pitjara Hunter is well known for the fine execution of her interpretation of Women’s Business. Like her sisters Annie is concerned with Awely and all it symbolises during the deeply spiritual women’s ceremonies. Over the last few years she has participated in several group exhibitions throughout Australia.
Pitjara Hunter’s have been collected since the beginning of the Utopia art movement, when batik was first introduced to the women, in 1977. Her batik was selected for Utopia- A Picture Story. This exhibition from the Holmes a Court Collection toured extensively nationally and overseas. Her paintings were also featured in the significant exhibition “Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project” (1988-89). Annie Pitjara Hunter’s work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and in the Holmes a Court collection in Perth.
Born on MacDonald Downs in 1964 to Johnny Ngwarrai Hunter and Molly Bula Hunter, Annie now lives on Utopia with her family.
The painting shows several groups of women congregated around various ceremonial sites. During these ceremonial gatherings, the women and especially the younger ones, are taught the tribal dreamings or rules of life, by the elders.
This painting shows different body designs which are painted on the women. These designs are painted on the chest, breasts and shoulders. They are painted as if viewed from an aerial perspective.
1989, Alcoota, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; 1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney [through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art] ; 1989, Utopia Women’s Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney; 1990, ‘Utopia – A Picture Story,’ an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland.