Minnie Pwerle Biography

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Minnie paints very spontaneously, her works are bold and colourful with predominantly free-flowing lines. 

Born in the Utopia Station region in 1915 to the Anmatyerre/Alyawarre language group, Minnie's paintings explored her Dreamtime story, the anemangkerre (bush melon), which was traditionally painted onto the women’s bodies (awleye) as part of the ceremonies to ensure the prolific reproduction of the fruit in the coming year. The bodies of the women were anointed with emu oil and then painted with traditional ochres.

Minnie’s paintings are deeply rooted in her traditional stories, but developed into an abstract exploration of the original concept, when she was given a wide range of colour to use, by her daughter, Barbara Weir, who is also a recognised artist. 

Minnie passed away on March 18, 2006.

COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery of South Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Kelton Foundation
AMP Collection
John McBride Collection
Thomas Vroom Collection
Kreglinger Collection
La Trobe University Collection
Queensland Art Gallery
 

EXHIBITIONS

2010  Minnie Pwerle and Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Kate Owen Gallery, Rozelle, NSW
2010  Body Lines, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane QLD 
2010  The Australian Indigenous Art Market Top 100 Exhibition, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Bondi, NSW
2009  Combined exhibition, New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A 
2008  Utopia Revisited, NG Art Gallery, Chippendale, NSW
2008  Colours of Utopia, Gallery Savah, Sydney NSW
2008  Atnwengerrp: Land of Dreaming, Minnie Pwerle carpet launch, Designer Rugs Showroom, Edgecliffe, NSW
2008  Emily and Her Legacy, Hillside Gallery in Tokyo, with Coo-ee Art Sydney in conjunction with the landmark retrospective exhibition 'Utopia - the Genius of Emily Kngwarreye' at the National Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan
2007  Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
2007  Utopia in New York, Robert Steele Gallery, New York, USA
2007  Group Exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA
2007  Group exhibition, Desert Diversity, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2007  Treasures of the Spirit, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
2007  Group exhibition, APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition with Rio Tinto, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2007  New Works from Utopia, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2006  Solo Exhibition, Memorial Exhibition, Gallery Savah, Sydney. NSW
2006  The Pwerle Sisters, Group Exhibition, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2006  Group exhibition, APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition, Rio Tinto Offices, Melbourne, VIC
2005  Utopia Revealed, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2005  Annual Group Exhibition, Shalom, University of NSW, Shalom Department, Kensington, NSW
2005  Small Wonders, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT 
2004  Diva's of the Desert, Gallery Gonwana, Alice Springs, NT2003  Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Oregon, USA
2003  Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne
2003  My Grandmother and Me, World Vision, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2003  Minnie Pwerle & Mitjili Napurrula, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle. WA.
2003  Group Exhibition, Art & Soul Gallery in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
2003 Solo Exhibition, "Sydney Art Fair", Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW. 
2003  Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Mbantua Gallery, Umpqua Bank, Oregon, U.S.A
2002  Mixed Utopia exhibition at Knut Grothe Galeri, Charlottlenlund, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002  Contemporary Aboriginal Art From The Utopia Region - combined Exhibition at BMGART, Adelaide, SA
2002  Generations Utopia - combined exhibition, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Perth
2002  Urban Wineworks Gallery, Portland, U.S.A
2002  Minnie's Country, DACOU Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2002  Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2002  Paintings From Utopia - combined exhibition at "Framed- The Darwin Gallery", Darwin, NT
2002  Heart and Soul Gallery, Nashville, U.S.A
2002  Mixed Utopia exhibition at Galerie a Le Temps Du Reve, France
2002  A Collectable Aboriginal Art Event - combined exhibition at Raintree Gallery, Darwin, NT
2002  BIG COUNTRY small worlds - solo exhibition at Fireworks Gallery, Qld
2002  Solo exhibition, Recent Paintings, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
2002  The Utopia Six, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC
2002  Heart and Soul Gallery in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Nashville, TN, USA.
2002  Awelye Atnwengerrp, Solo Exhibition at Dacou Gallery, Adelaide, SA.
2002  Urban Wineworks with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA.
2002  Mbantua Gallery, 'In the Cove', Portland, Oregon, USA.
2002  Chapman Gallery Group Exhibition, ACT
2002  Mixed Utopia Exhibition, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
2002  Mixed Utopia Exhibition, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
2001  Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2001  San Anselmo, Marin Country, California U.S.A
2001  Dreamtime Gallery, Santa Fe, U.S.A
2001  Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
2001  Gallery 2021, Auckland, New Zealand
2000  AMP Building, Sydney

 


AWARDS

2002  Selected entrant in the 2002, 19th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2001  Finalist 18th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award