Emily Pwerle / Awelye Atnwengerrp (Body Paint) (DG07844)

SKU: DG07844

122cm x 89cm Acrylic on Linen, 2007


122cm x 89cm Acrylic on Linen, 2007

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Artist Profile

When Minnie Pwerle passed away in March 2006, she left a legacy of artworks memorable for their amazing colour and flowing imagery. Three of her sisters are carrying on the tradition of Minnie’s depiction of the art of Utopia, each with their own individual style but all boldly displaying the same inspiration and zest for art and their culture and love of their country.

Emily Pwerle is one of eight children and was born in the Utopia Station region of the Northern Territory.

Emily started painting in 2004. At that time Minnie’s daughter, the well known artist Barbara Weir organised a number of workshop where her three aunts – Emily, Molly and Galya – worked collaboratively and individually to produce a series of paintings based on ceremony and their Dreaming stories.

Like her sisters, Emily’s main title is Awelye Atnwengerrp and whilst the sisters share the same Dreaming, each one has their own interpretation of her Dreaming.

Awelye Atnwengerrp or Women’s Ceremony is represented by designs based on dancing tracks which can only be painted by the Pwerle or Kemarre owners. They are painted on the women’s bodies before ceremony is performed.

Emily lives with her sisters at Irrultja (Urultja) a small community settlement at Utopia 300kms north-east of Alice Springs. She produces highly collectable and desirable artworks which are eagerly sought by collectors and are held in galleries nationally and internationally.

Along with their extended family of renowned artists, Barbara Weir, Aileen and Betty Mpetyane, these Elder ladies Molly, Emily and Gayla Pwerle are all producing highly collectable and desirable artworks.

Selected Exhibitions


  • Permanent exhibition and collection, Dacou Australia, Rosewater, SA.
  • Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
  • Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW


  • ‘The Pwerle Sisters,’ Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • “The Pwerle Sisters’, Artmob Gallery, Hobart, TAS
  • APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition, Rio Tinto Offices, Melbourne, VIC
  • Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
  • Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD


  • Dacou Adelaide, Port Adelaide, SA
  • ‘Standing on Ceremony’, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
  • ‘Utopia in New York’ Robert Steele Gallery, New York. USA
  • Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
  • University of NSW, Shalom Department, Kensington, NSW
  • Desert Diversity’, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • Group Exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA
  • ‘Treasures of the Spirit – Investing in Aboriginal Art’, Tandanya Cultural Institute,
  • Adelaide, SA
  • APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition with Rio Tinto, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
  • “New Works from Utopia”, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA


  • “Utopia Collection” Japinka Gallery Perth, WA
  • “Utopia Discoveries”, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
  • “Colours”, United Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • Group travelling exhibition to major cities in Australia, “EWB Elements”, presented by Dreamtime Art in conjunction with Dacou
  • “Walking Together to Aid Aboriginal Health”, Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition, University of NSW, Kensington, NSW
  • “Women’s Stories”, Alison Kelly Gallery, Richmond, VIC


  • “Utopia, Colour’s of the Desert”, Gongpyeong Art Space in conjunction with Dacou, Australian Embassy in Korea & Crossbay Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • Dacou Broome, Broome, WA
  • Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW

Selected Collections

  • Fred Torres Collection
  • Corrigan Collection
  • Mbantua Collection
  • Hank Ebes Collection
  • Artau Collection


Artwork Description

Emily paints “Awelye Atnwengerrp”, meaning women’s ceremony / body paint in her country. “Awelye-Atnwengerrp” is depicted by a series of lines and symbols, often criss-crossed patterns that are layered across the canvas with colours that are explosive, colourful and energetic. The patterns represent the designs painted on women’s bodies during bush tucker ceremonies in Atnwengerrp. Integrated into the design is a circle motif with four lines drawn across it, representing diamonds that are found at a sacred site at Utopia. Emily has developed her own contemporary style and is proving to be an energetic and talented artist, akin to her late sister Minnie Pwerle.

Emily Pwerle / Awelye Atnwengerrp (Body Paint) (DG07844)
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