Born: c. 1967
Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Arawerre (Soapy Bore), Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk
Subjects: Sugar Bag, Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Country
Annie was involved in the Utopia Women's Batik Group. Her work is represented in 'A Picture Story', a project initiated by CAAMA in the late 80's. Annie also began painting in the late 80's and has been involved in many group exhibitions, including the Robert Holmes à Court touring exhibition of silk batiks.
Annie is from a family of artists. Her mother, Molly Pwerle, sisters Jessie and Susan, and also her older brother, Sandy Hunter, are all renowned artists. All have a refined style. Often their whole painting will consist of patterns of individual fine dots, reflecting their story and Arawerre country. They also paint stories associated with Atnwengerrp and Irrweltye, their mother's country.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth
|1989||Alcoota, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne|
|1989||A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne Design Warehouse Sydney|
|1989||Utopia Women's Paintings - the First Works on Canvas|
|1988||A Summer Project, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney|
|1990||Utopia - A Picture Story,' an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes à Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire & Scotland|
|1999||Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT|
|2006||Utopia, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne|
|2007||Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay, Sydney|
|2007||Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide|
|2007||Eastern Desert Dreaming, Artists from Utopia, Gallery G, Brisbane|
|2008||Power of Place, Tandanya: National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Adelaide|
|2010||Aboriginal Artists UK Spring Show 11-13 June, London|
|2011||Utopian Aboriginal Art, Without Pier Art Gallery, Melbourne|
|2011||Desert Visions, Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, South Australia|
|2013||Aboriginal Artists UK Show, London|
|2014||Indigenous Group Show, Without Pier Art Gallery, Melbourne|
|Brody, A||1989, Utopia Womens Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. Cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth|
|Brody, A||1990, Utopia a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth|
|Diggins, L||(ed) 1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhibit. Cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Victoria|
Annie's painting represents Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs) for Sugarbag. Sugarbag is bush honey of Australian native bees. Bush honey can be found in the trees in her country.
Linear designs represent Awelye. These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. They call this stick 'typale'. The women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Concentric circles represent the site where the Awelye is being performed.
Annie depicts leaves and seeds through dot work.