Barbara Mbitjana Moore Ti Tree, near Alice Springs NT Australia, b. 1964
Barbara Mbitjana Moore grew up in Ti Tree in the Northern Territory. She moved to Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of far north South Australia to live with her husband. Aside from painting, Moore is also an Aboriginal Senior Health Worker for Nganampa Health, and works full-time at the Amata Clinic.
The artist commenced painting at Tjala Arts (formerly Minymaku Arts) in 2003, and is committed to her painting practice, attending Tjala Arts daily to paint. Moore is known for her bold command of large scale works. She received the prestigious General Painting Award in 2012 at the 29th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
Moore has since been a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Moore was also a finalist in the 2016 John Fries Award.
Barbara Moore featured in the major survey exhibition 2016 Nganampa Kililpil - Our Stars at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, New South Wales. Bringing together more than 100 artists from across the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, the exhibition has been an important opportunity for the region to speak as a whole and to share unique cultural and artistic traditions.
In 2017 Barbara Moore was a finalist in the Wynne Prize and she was also included in TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide from 2017-2018.
In 2019 Barbara Moore was once again a finalist in the prestigious Wynne Prize.