Cowboy Louie Pwerle was born in 1941 on Old MacDonald Station, where he grew up living a traditional lifestyle with his family. He earned his nickname “Cowboy” when he worked as a stockman, as he was known for his flashy outfits.
Cowboy was encouraged to begin painting by his brother, Louis Pwerle (deceased), who was a well known Utopian artist. His traditional country lies on the Western side of the Sandover River on Utopia Station and stretches west on to Mt Skinner. Cowboy now lives at Mosquito Bore, in Utopia with his two wives, sisters Carol and Elizabeth Kngwarreye.
Cowboy Louie’s artworks typically depict his Bush Hen (or Bush Turkey) Dreaming, telling the story of the bird travelling over various traditional sites. The bush turkey, in search of food, roams the land leaving tracks through the soakages in Atnwengerrp country of Utopia. The dotted lines represent the tracks the bush turkey leaves as it travels to the soakages, which are depicted as geometric circles throughout Cowboy's artwork. He also paints Emu (Ankerr) Tucker Dreaming and Lizard (Arlewatyerr) Dreaming.
Cowboy Louie Pwerle's intricate, traditional artworks have great movement and depth, evoking the mesmerising contours and colours of his Country.
Cowboy has begun passing on his stories to his grandson, as his father and brother had taught him.
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