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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.

  • Soakage by Lena Pwerle (SOLD)

    150cm x 75cm

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    Once upon a time the soakages in Ahalpere country were brimming with water, perhaps looking somewhat like this calm and serene Soakage painting. The hints of yellow bring a special dimension to this piece.


    This painting has been hand painted by Lena Pwerle of Utopia, Central Australia. Circular designs represent soakages (or waterholes)that are spread across her land in the Utopia Region.

    Lena says that these soakages, now all dried and used up, had plenty of water in them long ago, even when she was growing up, providing her people with a much needed water supply. With their intimate knowledge of the land, Lena’s people knew how and where to find them in the harsh desert environment.

    Long time [ago] olden time mob get their little coolamon (bowl), they check them [soakages] – proper good one water! They been find ‘em under the ground. My grandmother taught me where to find ‘em. They dry now, they finish. They [my people] drink bore water now” - Lena Pwerle

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    Name: Lena Pwerle
    Skin name: Pwerle (also spelled Pula)
    Language group: Anmatyerre
    Country: Ahalpere
    Region: Utopia, Central Australia
    Born: 1934
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    • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    • Size of painting: 120cm x 60cm with approx 6cm black border
    • Background colour: Black