#128 ALIARA BIRD After the Rain (Orange) : Aboriginal Art: 78x105cm
ARTISTS: Aliara Bird Mpetyane
REGION: Mulga Bore, Utopia Region, N.E Alice Springs
TITLE: After the Rain
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
Aliara Bird is the daughter of the artist Colin Bird and Colleen Wallace Kngwarreye. Her Grandmother is the late Ada Bird Petyarre, a highly respected senior from Utopia. Aliara grew up surrounded by family members habitual routine of painting, and first began painting herself as an early teenager. The late Ada Bird was a strong influence in this, as Aliara was very close to her grandmother.
Aliara's mother Colleen Wallace is a self taught artist who comes from a strong family tradition of Eastern Arrernte painters including, Therese Wallace (Colleen's mother) and Gabriella Wallace (Colleen's aunt). Colleen's most popular paintings illustrate Dreamtime Sisters who are good spirits dancing the Awelye (Women's Ceremony) and looking after Colleen's country.