Ada Bird Petyarre

Ada Bird (deceased) born circa 1935 on old Utopia station at Atnangkere. She is an Anmatyerre speaker & one of the senior women at Utopia. She paints the Angertla Mountain Devil Lizard, Engcarma-bean, Unyara Emu & other Dreamings which she shares with Gloria Petyarre, Emily Kngwarreye, Nancy Kemarre & other senior Utopia artists. Her Batiks are held in major collections around Australia & overseas. She began painting in 1988 with CAAMA’s summer project in late ’89 the National Gallery of Australia acquired a major canvas & additional works to many public galleries & private collections.
She paints Dreamtime stories from the Atnangkere country, which she shares with her sisters, Gloria, Myrtle, Kathleen, Violet, Jeanna & Nancy.
She was a finalist in the prestigious 1997 Telstra Awards.

Selected collections:
Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth;
Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney; University of Queensland; Museum of Victoria; Art Gallery of South Australia; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Artbank, Sydney; Richard Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.; Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory; She is a highly respected Papunya Tula artist & within her Community who promotes her culture, country, seasons & ceremony through her paintings and her work is sought after by collectors Worldwide.