Artist Profile

Minnie Pwerle
Born :c.1910 - 18 March 2006
Tribe :Alyawarre/Anmatyerre
Language :Alyawarre/Anmatyerre


Minnie Pwerle


Minnie Pwerle also known as Minnie Purla or Minnie Apwerl,  was born between 1910 and 1922 a cattle station in the Sandover area of Central Australia 300 kilometres northeast of Alice Springs, Utopia, Northern Territory. She was one of the traditional land owners of the Utopia Station.

Minnie Pwerle began painting in 2000 when she was about 70 years old and she became an extraordinary artist. Her artwork very soon became popular and exhibited around Australia and collected by Aboriginal art collectors, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and Queensland Art Gallery. There was a report that she was "kidnapped" by people who wanted her to paint for them. Unfortunately she only painted for short period and passed away in 2006.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye a very famous artist from Sandover area who also started painting later in her life was Minnie's sister in law.

Minnie Pwerle had seven children including the respected artists Barbara Weir and Betty Mbitjana.


      Minnie Pwerle

You are welcome to visit our art gallery to view Minnie Pwerle and other aboriginal artists artwork on Linen/Canvas, Coolamon, Didgeridoo, Boomeran and Pottery at: Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre, 47 York Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

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