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Betty Mbitjana (Mpetyane)

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About Betty Mbitjana (Mpetyane)

Artist: Betty Mbitjana 
Skin name: Mbitjana (also spelled Mpetyane) 
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ahalpere
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Born: 1957 

Betty Mbitjana was first involved with the batik workshops in Utopia during the 1980's and her work in this is represented in the Holmes a Court Collection and featured in collection publication ‘Utopia – A Picture Story’. During the 1990's Betty commenced painting, predominately using canvas as a means to portray the Anwekety (Bush Plum) story that belongs to her country Ahalpere. Daughter of Minnie Pwerle and sister to Barbara Weir, Betty was granted permission by her extended family to continue painting Minnie's iconic style when Minnie passed away. These works depict sacred sites associated with Minnie's country. Betty has since been exhibited extensively through Australia.  

Pictured above right: In 2014, Betty Mpetyane was filmed by Imparja television for an ad promoting aboriginal art in Central Australia.