Bush Plum

Bessie Pitjara

Artwork Year



96 x 86 cm


acrylic on canvas


Bessie’s style is very similar to that of her mother and aunties, having been taught the Bush Plum story from them.  The Bush Plum is an important source of food for Bush Women and today they still gather the plums once the fruit ripens to maturity. Bessie’s paintings depicts the Bush Plum and the effect of its growth patterns on her country.

Bessie Purvis Pijara was born in the 1960’s and is from Alhalkere country. Bessie’s mother is the renowned artist, Polly Ngale.

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