Emily Pwerle

Emily Pwerle

Born: c 1930's

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Atnwengerrp/Irrweltye, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Awelye (Woman's Ceremony and Body Paint Design), Akarley (Bush Orange)

Emily painted her first paintings for Mbantua in 2001. The theme of her paintings usually relates to Women's Ceremonies associated with her country, Atnwengerrp/Irrweltye, and the body paint designs used. Her style often shows strong, bold linear work with a backdrop of fine dots, reflecting country or sometimes akarley (bush orange), also stories from Emily's country.

Emily is a full sister to the late Minnie Pwerle (Barbara Weir's mother).


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs


2005 Permanent exhibition and collection, DACOU Australia, Rosewater, SA
2005 Group exhibition, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2005 Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
2006 Group Exhibition, 'The Pwerle Sisters' Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2006 Group Exhibition, 'The Pwerle Sisters' Artmob Gallery, Hobart, TAS
2006 APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition, Rio Tinto Offices, Melbourne, VIC
2006 Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
2006 Group exhibition, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2007 Dacou Adelaide, Port Adelaide, SA
2007 'Standing on Ceremony', Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
2007 Utopia in New York, Robert Steele Gallery, New York. USA
2007 Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
2007 University of NSW, Shalom Department, Kensington, NSW
2007 'Desert Diversity', Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2007 Group Exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA
2007 'Treasures of the Spirit – Investing in Aboriginal Art', Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA
2007 APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition with Rio Tinto, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2007 'New Works from Utopia', Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2008 'Dreamings – the Land', Outback Aboriginal Art, Caulfield, VIC
2008 'Utopia Collection', Japinka Gallery, Perth, WA
2008 'Utopia Discoveries', Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2008 Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
2008 'Colours', United Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2008 Group travelling exhibition to major cities in Australia, 'EWB Elements', presented by Dreamtime Art in conjunction with DACOU
2008 'Walking Together to Aid Aboriginal Health', Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition, University of NSW, Kensington, NSW
2008 'Women's Stories', Alison Kelly Gallery, Richmond, VIC
2009 'Utopia, Colour's of the Desert', Gongpyeong Art Space in conjunction with DACOU, Australian Embassy in Korea & Crossbay Gallery, Seoul, KOREA
2009 Utopia group exhibition, DACOU Broome, Broome, WA
2009 Group Exhibition, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
2010 Group Exhibition, DACOU Melbourne, Middle Park, VIC
2010 'The Pwerle Sisters' Group Exhibition DACOU Australia, Melbourne VIC