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MB061570

Awelye (Women's Ceremony)

May Lewis Pwerle

May Lewis Pwerle

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Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
45 x 45cm
Year Painted
2023
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MB061570

Awelye (Women's Ceremony)

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MB061570

Artist Profile

May began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1996 along with her sisters Dorothy, T…

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

May Lewis Pwerle
Born:

1964

Language Group:

Alyawarre

Country:

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

Medium:

Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk and Cotton

Subjects:

Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Akarley (Northern Wild Orange), Country, Imuna (Bush Food), Women Collecting Akarley (Northern Wild Orange)

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 Collection, Alice Springs, NT

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Artist Name, Artwork Size, Medium, Year Painted,

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Artist Name:
May Lewis Pwerle
Artwork Size:
45 x 45cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2023
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremony)
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 Awelye (Women's Ceremonial and Body Paint Designs) for the ancestral dreamtime stories which belong to her country, Atnwengerrp.

Linear designs 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