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MB061162

Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs) - Atnwengerrp

Charmaine Pwerle

Charmaine Pwerle

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Medium
Acrylic on Linen
Size
120 x 90cm
Year Painted
2023
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MB061162

Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs) - Atnwengerrp

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Artist Profile

Charmaine is a talented and established artist, whose paintings are very powerfu…

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Charmaine Pwerle
Born:

1975

Language Group:

Anmatyerre and Alyawarre

Country:

Atnwengerrp, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium:

Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects:

Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Creation, My Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs) - Atnwengerrp, Atnwengerrp - Creation

Charmaine is a talented and established artist, whose paintings are very powerful, bold and modern. Charmaine is the daughter of renowned artist, Barbara Weir (deceased) and granddaughter of the famous artist, Minnie Pwerle (deceased). Her sister Teresa Pwerle and brother Freddie Torres Pwerle are also well-known artists.

Charmaine was born in Alice Springs and grew up in Utopia, Adelaide and Alice Springs. Charmaine attended Utopia School and then St Philips College in Alice Springs. She returned to Utopia in 1992 and worked for Urapuntja Council. She lived at Soakage Bore with her mother and grandmother and learnt traditional culture, dreamings and awelye.

Charmaine started painting in 2012. She paints awelye (women's ceremonial body paint designs) that has been passed onto her from her grandmother. These are linear designs that are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from red ochre (clay) and ash are used, applied with a flat stick with soft padding. During the ceremony, Charmaine and the women would sing the songs associated with their awelye, paint each other and dance. Awelye ceremonies are performed to demonstrate respect for the country and the total well-being and health of the community.

COLLECTIONS
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
EXHIBITIONS
2014
Far North-Great South, Le Mans Contemporary Arts (MAC), Collegiate Church of St Pierre La Cour, Paris, France
2015
Sixteen Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2016
Winter Salon, Whistlewood, Shoreham, VIC
2017
Utopia: the artists of Delmore Downs, Yaama Ganu Gallery, Moree, NSW
2017
Sacred Marks, JGM Gallery, London, UK
2017
Atnwengerrp Revisited | Family Show and Artist in Residence Programme, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2018
Earth's Creation - Emily Kame and Family, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2018
My Country, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2018
Utopia Exhibition of Four Generations, Pwerle Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2019
International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2019
Summer Show & Art Parade, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2020
Top Ten - Our Most Popular Artists 2019, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2020
Colours of Springs, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2020
Atnwengerrp - Our Apmere, Our Place, Pwerle Gallery and Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, in celebration of Tandanya's 30th year anniversary, Adelaide, SA
AWARDS
2018
Paddington Art Prize - Finalist
2021
Ravenswood Art Prize - Finalist

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Artist Name, Artwork Size, Medium, Year Painted,

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Artist Name:
Charmaine Pwerle
Artwork Size:
120 x 90cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Linen
Year Painted:
2023
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs) - Atnwengerrp
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on linen 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.

Description

Charmaine paints Awelye (Women's Ceremonial and Body Paint Designs) for the ancestral dreamtime stories which belong to her country, Atnwengerrp, in the Utopia Region. Atnwengerrp is also her mother and grandmother's country.

Linear designs in her painting represent Awelye. These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. The women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.

Located at
Mbantua Warehouse