Ada Bird was one of the first artists I collected. She is a senior Aboriginal artist who is known for her graphic depictions of body painting which is applied by Anmatyerre women for ceremony. The women then paint each other’s skin with designs according to their clan affiliations, whilst singing, to call the spirit ancestors.

Ada Bird was born at Utopia, a cattle station 259 km north east of Alice Springs. The land which comprised the cattle station was bought by the Aboriginal people from the non-indigenous landowners in 1978. Ada was a part of a batik program started at Utopia in 1977 and was later introduced to painting on canvas with acrylics.

This piece is not only beautiful but traditional in it’s most rarest form. This Painting is currently featured in our Sydney Gallery. For more enquiries please contact us.

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