Emily Pwerle

Emily Pwerle’s country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr.  She is in her late 80's, possibly born in 1922 (no records exist). Emily lives in Irrultja, a tiny settlement in Utopia of about 100 people.  She has had little exposure to western culture and only picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 2004.  

Emily’s extended family are all artists, Barbara Weir, Aileen and Betty Mpetyane, and her older sister, the late Minnie Pwerle.  Emily was encouraged by all to paint along with her sisters Gayla and Molly Pwerle.

It wasn’t until late 2004 that Barbara Weir, Minnie Pwerle’s daughter, organised the first workshop for the sisters which was held at Irrultja station. This inaugural workshop heralded the start of an amazing painting experience.  Just as Minnie showed the glorious freedom of expression, Emily, Molly and Galya followed suit.   

Another workshop was quickly arranged and so it continues.
Minnie took a close and supportive role in the development of her younger sisters. The sisters had an instant response to applying paint onto canvas, developing expressions of their dreamings that have been passed down from generation to generation.   

Emily paints “Awelye Atnwengerrp”, meaning women’s ceremony, which is depicted by a series of lines and symbols, often criss-crossed patterns that are layered across the canvas with colours that are explosive, colourful and energetic. The patterns represent the designs painted on women's bodies during bush tucker ceremonies in Atnwengerrp. Emily has developed her own unique, contemporary style and is proving to be a prolific, energetic and talented artist, akin to her late sister Minnie Pwerle.

Detailed bio for Emily Pwerle here.


Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
150x100
Code:
7705
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
90x120cm
Code:
110194
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
122x91
Code:
8685
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
100x100
Code:
8708
Awelye Atnwnengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
122x91
Code:
8074
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
180x120
Code:
9136
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
152x186cm
Code:
10234
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
120X90CM
Code:
102765
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
120X90cm
Code:
110290
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
120x90cm
Code:
110293
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
122x91
Code:
6349
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
122x92
Code:
7858
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
80x60cm
Code:
110493
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
65x77cm
Code:
111125
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Emily Pwerle
Size:
80x60cm
Code:
111263


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