Rosie Pwerle


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Born: c. 1950's

Language Group: Anmatyerre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Country, Arwengerrp (Bush Turkey), Soakage, Bush Medicine, Anwekety (Conkerberry)

Rosie began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1999 and comes from a large extended family of artists. Her sister, Lena Pwerle is also a painter and senior custodian of their country. Rosie has two daughters, Julie Pengarte and Amy Napangardi, both of whom are artists.

Initially Rosie worked in the medium of batik along with over eighty other women from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. Her work in batik is featured in 'Utopia – A Picture Story, the Robert Holmes á Court Collection'.

In October 2017, Rosie spent two weeks at Mbantua Workshop with her sister Lena, and Lena's daughter Nora, where they painted their unique designs and stories. Rosie currently lives in Utopia region and occasionally spends time with her grandson in Alice Springs.

Collections

The Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Exhibitions

1990 Utopia – A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists which toured Eire and Scotland
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T, Australia
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich and New York

Further References

Brody, A. 1990, Utopia – A Picture Story, The Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth