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Ada Bird Petyarre

Country: Anmatyarre

DOB: 1930

Ada Bird was born on the old Utopia station at Atnangkere. The German filmmaker Wim Wenders acquired one of her batiks and gave the artist a role in one of his films partially shot around Alice Springs. She began painting in 1988 with CAAMA's Summer Project. In late 1989 the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra acquired a major canvas, and her works were held in many public and private collections.


She incorporates both traditional designs and representational elements in her paintings and uses linear patterns, which are increasingly distinctive of her work.

Ada passed away in June 2009.

Body Paint

Body Paint


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