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Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle (c1910– 2006) was born at Utopia in Central Australia – her country is Atnwengerrp, and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. Minnie’s emergence and dominance in the world of contemporary art has been compared to the legendary Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who like Minnie, began her painting career in her mid 70s and continued to paint with an energy that belied her age.

Minnie Pwerle’s works are created in a linear style sometimes loose and free flowing or tight and clustered or a combination of both. Her paintings titled “Awelye-Atnwengerrp” depict a series of lines painted in different widths and colours. This pattern represents the lines painted on the upper bodies of the women dancers preparing for ceremonies carried out in their country of Atnwengerrp.

The artist’s main Dreamings are “Awelye-Atnwengerrp” [Women’s Dreaming], “Bush Melon”, and “Bush Melon Seed”.  These convey her love and respect for the land and the food it provides to the people. Minnie Pwerle and the other women used to collect this fruit [green in colour and ripened to a brown colour] and scrape out the small black seeds. They would then eat the fruit immediately or cut it into small pieces – which were skewered and dried ready to be eaten in the coming months when bush tucker was scarce.

While “Bush Melon” is depicted using a linear design of curves, circles, and breast designs of different colours with a very loose and bold design; “Bush Melon Seed” is big and small patches of colour strewn across the canvas. Both these Dreamings tell the story of this sweet food that comes from a small bush found only in Atnwengerrp.

Minnie Pwerle exhibited her works extensively throughout Australia and the world with great success – she is regarded as one of Utopia’s most famous artists. Minnie Pwerle’s paintings have been included in many exhibitions at Japingka Gallery including-

2012  Heirs and Successors

2010  Summer Collection

2008  Utopia Collection

2006  Grandmother and Granddaughter – Minnie Pwerle & Teresa Purla

2006  Towards Black and White

2006  Colour of Utopia

2005  Utopia Revealed

2004  Minnie Pwerle & Mitjili Napurrula

2003  Light Over Utopia

2001  Minnie Pwerle, Mary Pantjiti McLean – Tumaru Purlykumunu, Small Stories

A selection of paintings by Minnie Pwerle is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 008204  |  acrylic on canvas  |  148 x 92 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 004629  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000756  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000766  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 70 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000774  |  acrylic on canvas  |  40 x 40 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000773  |  acrylic on canvas  |  40 x 40 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000768  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 006973  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000763  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 30 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000759  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 45 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 003731  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 31 cm

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Awelye – Anemangkerr

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Anemangkerr

Jap 003751  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

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Awelye – Atnwengerrp

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Atnwengerrp

Jap 007003  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

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Awelye – Anemangkerr

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Anemangkerr

Jap 003752  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

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Awelye – Anemangkerr

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Anemangkerr

Jap 000761  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

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