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Evelyn Pultara

195 Career Overall Rank

- 2016 Market Rank

  • Born: 1940 - 2010

  • Region: Eastern Desert, NT
  • Community: Utopia
  • Outstation: Stirling
  • Language: Anmatyerre


Given her relatively recent emergence as an artist of renown, a staggering 44 works have been offered at auction. With a relatively short career it is little wonder that her clearance rate at auction is relatively low at 55%. This should not put off collectors, however it is wise to be rigorous in selecting works of quality with good source provenance. Bonham’s and Goodman have taken up much of the running on Evelyn’s secondary market sales. Her record price at auction was achieved for a very large untitled work created in 2004 measuring 180 x 240 cm. Estimated at  $8,000-10,000 in the Bonham’s & Goodman November 2005 Sydney sale (Lot No. 77) it sold just a tad above the high estimate at $10,200.

Evelyn Pultara - Bush Plum, 2004

Bush Plum, 2004
Sold by Lawson~Menzies, Sydney on 23/05/2007 for $5,760.00
Size: 96 x 46 cm

Evelyn Pultara - Bush Yam 2004

Bush Yam 2004
Sold by Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney on 25/07/2006 for $4,780.00
Size: 179.5 x 118 cm

Evelyn Pultara - Untitled

Untitled
Sold by Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney on 23/11/2005 for $10,020.00
Size: 180 x 240 cm

Station, the cattle property adjoining Utopia Station and has now become a senior custodian for her Dreaming the bush yam. She began painting traditional bush tucker and awelye (women’s ceremonial body paint designs) in 1997 but went on to exclusively paint her plant totem, the bush yam.

While rarely indicating any more than necessary about the context of her paintings their content is the pencil yam (atnwelarr) a slender twining plant with yellow pea flowers and edible tubers. This has been an abundant source of food for her Anmatyerr clansmen since the dawn of creation and it is her responsibility to pay homage to it through song and dance in ceremony - and now in art.
Her Dreamings, related through haptic adventures in paint, relate the tales of the mythic totemic ancestors who made the land, its people, and its food. Through their telling and retelling and the depiction of their sites in art, these Dreamings provide a song-map that locates the water holes, ochre pits, food sources, and sacred sites of the artist’s country. It has been said that her paintings impart the rhythm of the yam corroborree enacted and retold for time in memoriam through song and dance.

While Evelyn’s work has been exhibited since the late 1990’s her first solo exhibition was held at the World Vision Gallery in Sydney’s Leichardt. This was followed in quick succession by solo shows in Milan, Sydney and Melbourne.  In 2005 she was won first prize in the General Painting section of the of the 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
 

Profile References

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Evelyn Pultara - Untitled

Untitled
Sold by Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney on 23/11/2005 for $10,020.00
Size: 180 x 240 cm

Evelyn Pultara - Bush Yam

Bush Yam
Sold by Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney on 05/12/2006 for $4,780.00
Size: 116 x 176.5 cm

Evelyn Pultara - Bush Yarn, 2005

Bush Yarn, 2005
Sold by Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne on 14/08/2007 for $6,572.00
Size: 120 x 180 cm

Sites

Wilora

Subjects

Bush Food

Medium

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen and Canvas

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance

Career Totals

AIAM100 Rank
195
AIAM100 Rating
0.9443
Sold/Offered
31/63
Clearance Rate
49%
Average Price
$2,727
Total Price
$84,547
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.2801 0.1774 0.3685 0.2119 0.0486 0.0000 0.1328 0.0130 0.0000 0.0260 0.0546 0.0651 0.0554
0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4/7 2/4 6/10 3/7 1/3 0/2 6/8 1/2 0/0 1/3 2/10 2/4 2/2
$0 $0 $0 $0 $4,905 $7,864 $3,772 $4,991 $2,361 $0 $490 $168 $0 $675 $745 $1,060 $767
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2016

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction

1

Untitled

sale price: $10,020.00
auction: Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney  lot: 77 date: 23/11/2005
180 x 240 cm Acrylic on canvas
2

Bush Yam 2003

sale price: $7,155.00
auction: Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney  lot: 174 date: 17/11/2004
180 x 230 cm Acrylic on canvas
3

Bush Yarn, 2005

sale price: $6,572.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne  lot: 33 date: 14/08/2007
120 x 180 cm Acrylic
4

Bush Yam

sale price: $5,963.00
auction: Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney  lot: 171 date: 17/11/2004
75 x 180 cm Acrylic on canvas
5

Bush Plum, 2004

sale price: $5,760.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 265 date: 23/05/2007
96 x 46 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, five panels
6

Bush Yam (2)

sale price: $5,736.00
auction: Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney  lot: 1575 date: 25/07/2006
118 x 46.5 cm Acrylic on canvas (diptych)
7

Untitled

sale price: $5,708.00
auction: Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney  lot: 18 date: 23/11/2005
119 x 179 cm Acrylic on linen
8

Bush Yam 2004

sale price: $4,780.00
auction: Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney  lot: 1517 date: 25/07/2006
179.5 x 118 cm Acrylic on linen
9

Bush Yam

sale price: $4,780.00
auction: Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney  lot: 1273 date: 29/03/2006
122.5 x 205 cm Acrylic on canvas
10

Bush Yam

sale price: $4,780.00
auction: Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney  lot: 105 date: 05/12/2006
116 x 176.5 cm Acrylic on canvas

Available Artworks

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