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    Our vibrant and dynamic artists are from the Utopia region; a large remote area of Central Australia which, until recently, had no government funded art centre. As a result of their pioneering efforts, they have one of the strongest and richest art histories.

  • Awely Atnwengerrp by Minnie Pwerle (SOLD)

    210cm x 90cm

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    The bold linear pattern of stripes and curves throughout this painting illustrates the awely (women’s ceremonial body paint designs) for Atnwengerrp country. After smearing their bodies with animal fat, the women of Atnwengerrp trace these designs onto their breasts, arms and thighs’, singing as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted-up’. Their songs relate to the dreamtime stories of ancestral travel, dance and other totemic plants, animals and natural forces. Awely demonstrates respect for the land. In performing these ceremonies they ensure well-being and happiness within their communities.

    The small circular designs in this painting represent the Anemangkerra small globular fruit similar to a small melon. This fruit is high in Vitamin C and is favoured for its exceptional keeping qualities. The ancestral dreamtime stories associated with the Anemangkerr belongs to Atnwengerrp and Irrwelty Country. This ancient red country lies in the heartland of Alyawarr land, northeast of Alice Springs, in Central Australia.

    Artist: Minnie Pwerle 
    Skin name: Pwerle (also spelled Apwerl, Pwerl, Pula) 
    Language group: Alyawarr 
    Country: Atnwengerrp and Irrwelty
    Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
    Born: c. 1922
    Deceased: 2006

    • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen