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Gracie Morton Pwerle

Gracie, born circa 1956, comes from Utopia, her country is Alhalkere. She is the daughter of traditional artist Myrtle Petyarre. Utopia is a community approximately 230km northeast of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Gracie has always lived a traditional lifestyle, spending her early years collecting bush foods and living off the land. This was the way of life for central desert families throughout the generations. Her education involved living and surviving in a desert environment just as her mother had done and her mother’s mother before that. Gracie gained recognition as an artist working in the medium of batik, exhibiting her work with the Utopia owmen in Australia and overseas. Funded by the government arts programs and with the support of CAAMA 88, the Utopia women created a major work entitled "A picture story:. This was later aquired by the Holms a Court collection and later exhibited at Tandanya in Adelaide in 1989. In 1988 Gracie and the Utopia Artists started painting on canvas and using acrylic paints. She prefers the greater freedom and control through the medium of acrylic paints on canvas. Her earlier works are quite typical of "Utopia Art" Much line work depicting body-paint designs, and many tradition symbols are seen in her central desert dot paintings.

Many of Gracie’s paintings reflect her Bush Plum Dreaming, sometimes her intricate and layered dot work detail the fruit which grows on low shrubs, the different colours of each piece indicates seasonal changes. Walking tracks, which meander through the bush that the women use to collect this favorite bush fruit are sometimes added. Collecting fruits a group activity and the older women use this time to teach the children about the land and their culture. Gracie also incorporates "Awelye" into her paintings. Awelye is the body paint designs significant to ceremonies and rituals that are the basis of her culture. Gracie currently resides on her traditional land at Mosqito Bore with her husband and two children. She has become a well respected artist within her Community who promotes her culture, country, seasons and ceremony through her paintings. Gracie’s paintings are sought after by collectors Worldwide.

Pencil Yam Dreaming - Gracie Morton Pwerle

Pencil Yam Dreaming - Gracie Morton Pwerle

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile included. 
Size: 1500mm x 900mm
Code: GM131

$2 980.00
inc. GST in Australia


Selected Exhibitions & Solo Exhibitions: 2000 Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns, Australia Group Exhibitions; 1985 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia; 1986 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia; 1989 Utopia Women’s Paintings. The First Works on Canvas. A Summer Project, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia; 1989-91 Utopia - A Picture Story, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, Australia; The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Ireland; Meat Market Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; 1991 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia; 1991 8th National Aboriginal Art Awards, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia; 1992 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia; 1993 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia; 1994 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia; 1996 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia; 1998 Utopia und Balgo Hills, Aboriginal Art Galerie Baehr, Speyer, Germany; 1998 Culture Store, Art Gallery, Rotterdam. Netherlands; 1998 Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florenz, Italy; 1999 Alliance Francaise de Canberra and French Embassy. Australia; 1999 Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, Australia; 1999 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, Australia; 1999 My Country - Journey of our Ancestors, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns; 2000 Kunst der Aborigines, Leverkusen, Germany; 2000 Mosquito Bore - The Art of the Minimalist, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art,Australia; 2001 alice.fitzroy@af, Alliance Francaise de Canberra , Canberra, Australia; 2001 The Unseen in Scene, Staedtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany; 2001-02 Recounting the Essence of Life. Art from Australia, Kunstforum HDZ, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany; 2002 Land is Life. Art from Australia, Jagdschloss Granitz, Binz, Ruegen, Germany; 2002 Kult(o)urnacht, Aboriginal Art Galerie Baehr, Speyer, Germany

Selected Collections: Beher-Sammlung Privatsammlungen Reimers-Stiftung, Deidesheim; Robert Holmes à Court-Sammlung, Perth; Slaughter and May International Law, London.

Source Includes: Aboriginal Artists, dictionary of biographies by Janusz B. Kreczmanski and Margo Birnberg (This illustrated dictionary of 446 pages showing many photographs of artists and paintings is available from Doongal).