Betty Mbitjana

Daughter of one of Australia's most renowned artists Minnie Pwerle and sister of celebrated artist Barbara Weir, Betty Mbitjana has become in her own right a talented and highly collectible artist. Her vivaciously coloured paintings rich in cultural significance have made quite an astonishing impact on the Aboriginal Art scene.

Born circa 1954 in the artistically rich Utopia, Betty Mbitjana married to Paddy Club exudes a great passion for painting. Through a series of lines in different colours, patterns and width Betty paints the dance tracks in the sand created during ceremonies paying homage to their ancestors usually painted on women's upper bodies. The rich colours and variety of patterns are distinguishing features of Betty's expressive artistic style. Betty also paints the Bush Berry and Bush Plum. The berry is a form of bush tucker picked in times of scarcity, cut into pieces, skewered onto wood and dried to be eaten. Betty adopts a painting style similar to the late Minnie Pwerle to convey these dreamings.

Betty's inclusion of her mothers dreaming in many of her artworks symbolises a deep respect for her culture and family. Betty adds to this meaning by expressing her mother's dreamings through her own distinctive style, attributing a modern touch to the paintings.

Betty Mbitjana is consistently growing in popularity, as she continues to attract attention with her energetic and colourful designs painted cleanly and evenly onto the canvas. Her artwork abounds in rich traditional meaning and significance, most notably decorative body designs passed down through generations of the Pwerle and Kemarre women exclusively. Body painting onto canvas was a style started by Minnie that Betty has adapted. The energy and exuberance Betty creates on the canvas is being admired both domestically and internationally. As a result Betty's artwork has become a valued entity in many private and public collections.