Gracie Pwerle Biography and CV

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DATE OF BIRTH:  1956

REGION:  Utopia

LANGUAGE GROUP:  Alyawarre

Gracie Pwerle has been an active Utopia artist since the 80s, participating in early batik workshops and CAAMA’s Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89. Her work is included in international collections as well as the Holmes à Court Collection.

Gracie’s central Dreaming is anwekety or bush plum; her fine dot work representing the sweet dark conkerberry in all its life cycle, throughout which the colour of the berry changes. The plant produces white flowers and berries, which when ripe, are edible and sweet to taste. The berries also feed a variety of wildlife including emus, bush turkey and other native bird species.

Gracie’s paintings, whilst focusing in on flora, simultaneously provide a topographical view of the landscape of her Country, Alhalkere, and always have a distinct sense of movement, moving your eye across the landscape.

 

COLLECTIONS

Robert Holmes a Court Collection
Beher Collection (Germany)
Slaughter and May International Law Collection (London)

 

EXHIBITIONS

2007  Redrock Gallery, China World Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China
2006  Redrock Gallery, South Yarra
2003  Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne 
2002  Aboriginal Art Gallery Baeher, Speyer, Germany
2002  Land is Life Art from Australia, Jagdschloss Granitz, Binz, Germany 
2001  The Unseen in Scene, Staedtische Galerie, Wolfsburg, Germany
2001  Recounting the Essence of Life. Art from Australia, Kunstforum, HDZ
2000  Kunst der Aborigines, Leverkusen, Germany
2000  Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
2000  Mosquito Bore – The Art of the Minimalist, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns
1999  Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs 
1999  Mbantua Gallery and Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
1999  Alliance Francaise de Canberra and the French Embassy, Canberra 
1999  My Country – Journey of our Ancestors, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns 
1998  Utopia and Balgo Hills, Aboriginal Art Gallery Baeher, Speyer, Germany
1998  Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
1998  Chapel Off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
1998  Culture Store, Art Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
1998  Dreamings, Spazio Pitti, Florenz, Italy
1996  Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1994  Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1993  Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1992  Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1991  Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1991  8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1989  Utopia Women’s Paintings. The First Works on Canvas, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1989  Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide
1986  Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1985  Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs