Mary Rumble Pitjara - KANGAROO DREAMING MR1625

Mary Rumble Pitjara Kangaroo Dreaming Australian Aboriginal Art Painting on canvas MR1625


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Artist: Mary Rumble Pitjara
Skin Name: Pitjara
Born: c.1957
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Language: Alyawarre
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Bush tucker, Awelye, Bush medicine, Kangaroo.



Mary Rumble Pitjara was born c.1957 at Utopia, regions of Central Australia. Born into an impressive artistic dynasty in the Utopia region of the Central Desert, Mary Rumble Pitjara has learned her craft from the very best.

Art has always been in her blood as her impressive array of exhibited and collected work demonstrates. Unlike many of her contemporaries, who possess only one or two trademark genres, Mary paints in several unique and distinctive styles ranging from the most intricately delicate to powerful renditions. She is the older sister of celebrated artist Katie Rumble Pitjara and her extended family includes her internationally esteemed aunts, Gloria Petyarre and Kathleen Petyarre, aunty to Grace Morton. She spends most of her time in Alice Springs. Mary is a very talented artist. She paints so many styles. Her most common is Bush Seeds Dreaming.



The painting represents the Kangaroo as a source of food for Australian Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The Anangu (Aboriginal people/group) Pitjantjatjara (country is mostly in the north-west of South Australia) Yankunytjatjara people of Central Australia call kangaroo "malu". They use malu mainly for meat (kuka) but other uses include materials for spear making. The Kangaroo is an important totem species. There are many Dreamtime stories of the Marlu where Marlu is an Aboriginal word in the Warlpiri language for kangaroo in central Australia. 'Marlu' are highly valued, as a Bush tucker by Warlpiri people.


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