Joy Purvis Pitjara comes from the Atneltye region of Utopia, more commonly known as Boundary Bore. The Utopia region is located 240 kilometres north east of Alice Springs and is known for its quality art and Artists.
Joy is the daughter of the well-known artist Glory Ngarla (deceased) and sister of renowned artist Anna Price Petyarre. Born in a famous artist family, Joy learned working with batik in her early age from her mother and later started painting on canvas and linen with acrylic paints.
Using a fine dotting technique with subtle shades of colour, Joy depicts the stories such as the Bush Tobacco Plant and Bush Yam Dreaming. Her works are colourful and intricate expressions of the song and stories associated with Bush Yam, and its seeds that scatter from the plant that are ground up to make flour for damper.