About The Artist
Born C.1922 – 2006
Language: Anmatyerre/ Alyawerre
Dreaming: Atnwengerrp & Bush Melon Seed
Minnie Pwerle started painting her distinctive linear canvases in late 1999. In 2000 Minnie had her first solo exhibition in Melbourne. Her rhythmic, linear works representing her country of Atnwengerrp immediately captured the attention of collectors, both nationally and internationally.
Awelye-Atnwengerrp was depicted by a series of lines painted in different widths, patterns and colours. This pattern represents the designs painted on the top half of women’s bodies during ceremonies in their country of Atnwengerrp.
Bush Melon was represented by meandering linear design, circles and breast motifs in different colours, creating very fluid and bold paintings.
From the time she began painting until she died in 2006 Minnie Pwerle paintings were exhibited around Australia and collected by major galleries in every state.