Minnie Pwerle

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Minnie Pwerle was born circa 1920 in the Utopia region. It was not until 1999 at approximately 70+ years of age, that Minnie Pwerle began painting on canvas.

Her first series of works painted at the Utopia Communities workshops were linear paintings, expressing a bold, free-flowing, enigmatic style that quickly drew the interest of critics and art lovers alike.

Minnie Pwerle’s career as an artist began through Aboriginal ceremony and ritual. Her craft instigated by her appointment as a body painter during Women’s ceremonies. Body paint designs are worn to represent Dreamings and various symbols specific to particular rituals. Usually the upper body is covered in animal fat and intricate designs painted on the chest, back and arms with paints made from ochre’s.

Minnie’s works have drawn comparisons to Emily Kngwarreye’s "Wild Yam Stories" painted in the mid 1990’s.

Minnie's works were exhibited around Australia and collected by major galleries, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, and the Queensland Art Gallery.

Sadly, Minni Pwerel passed away in 2006. 

  1. Minni pwerle | Awelye (Body Painting) A6197

    60 x 60cm

    acrylic on linen

    $5,500.00
  2. Minnie Pwerle | Bush Melon Seeds A6170

    60 x 60cm

    acrylic on linen

    $5,500.00
  3. Minnie Pwerle | Bush Melon Seeds A6224

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $17,500.00
  4. Minnie Pwerle | Bush Melon Seeds A6169

    60 x 60cm

    acrylic on linen

    $5,500.00
  5. Minnie Pwerle | Bush Melon Seeds A5972

    90 x 150cm

    acrylic on linen

    $21,000.00
  6. Minnie Pwerle | Bush Melon Seeds A5963

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $17,500.00
  7. Minnie Pwerle | Bush Melon Seeds A5746

    90 x 145cm

    acrylic on canvas

    $20,500.00
  8. Minnie Pwerle | Awelye (Body Painting) A6241

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $17,500.00
  9. Minnie Pwerle | Awelye (Body Painting) A6220

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $17,500.00
  10. Minnie Pwerle | Aewlye (Body Painting) A6299

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $17,500.00
  11. Minnie Pwerle | Awelye (Body Painting) A6240

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $17,500.00
  12. Minnie Pwerle | Awelye (Body Painting) A6219

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

    $17,500.00
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