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MB041102

Akarley (Northern Wild Orange)

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Acrylic on Canvas
Size
90 x 30cm
Year Painted
2009
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MB041102

Akarley (Northern Wild Orange)

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Artist Profile

May Lewis Pwerle Born: 1964 Language Group: Alyawarre Country: Atnwenger…

Artist Profile

May Lewis Pwerle

Born: 1964

Language Group: Alyawarre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk and Cotton

Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs), Akarley (Northern Wild Orange), Country, Bush Foods

May began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1996 along with her sisters Dorothy, Topsy, Mary, Mavis and Gypsy. These sisters are married into the Jones family of Utopia and therefore go by either the Lewis or the Jones surname.

May's paintings are commonly based on Awelye that is performed for the Akarley which is a bush orange that can be found throughout her country. Her paintings consist of refined dot work in various colours and patterns.

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Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

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Artist Name:
May Lewis Pwerle
Artwork Size:
90 x 30cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2009
Title:
Akarley (Northern Wild Orange)
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on canvas will be shipped in a cylinder to you free of charge, worldwide! An option to have this painting 'stretched' onto a wooden frame may be available. If selected, further charges will apply and will be calculated at checkout.

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May paints the story of the northern wild orange (Capparis umbonata), known as Akarley in May's language. The small slender tree of this wild orange plant grows about 3½ m high with dark bark and weeping foliage. The wild orange hang down on long stalks, turning yellow or a red tint when ripe; most commonly during the month of February. Young fruit are often ripened in hot sand. The Akarley is generally favoured as a better fruit than others of this species by the Aboriginal people.

May illustrates designs that represent elements of the wild orange plant and uses fine dot work to portray her country. There is an ancient Dreamtime story of the Akarley, belonging to her country, which May and other women of her country share with younger generations of women and girls. Akarley is an important fruit of her land and ceremonies are performed to ensure the health and well-being of this plant, both spiritually and physically.

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Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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