Emily Pwerle, one of eight children and younger sister of the acclaimed artist Minnie Pwerle, was born in the Utopia Station region of the Northern Territory.
Emily started painting in 2004. At that time Minnie’s daughter, the well known artist Barbara Weir organised a number of workshop for sisters Molly, Galya, Emily and Minnie.They worked collaboratively and individually to produce a series of paintings based on ceremony and their Dreaming stories.
Like her sisters, Emily’s main title is Awelye Atnwengerrp and whilst the sisters share the same Dreaming, each one has developed her own unique, contemporary style and interpretation of her Dreaming.
Awelye Atnwengerrp or Women’s Ceremony is represented by designs based on dancing tracks which can only be painted by the Pwerle or Kemarre owners. They are painted on the women’s bodies before ceremony is performed.
Emily lives with her sisters at Irrultja (Urultja) a small community settlement at Utopia 300kms north-east of Alice Springs. Her paintings are eagerly sought by collectors and are held in galleries nationally and internationally.
2000 Group Exhibition Sponsored by AMP and shown in AMP Building, Sydney
2001 Recognised in Annual Telstra Award
2001 “Dreamtime” exhibition in Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA
2001 “Painting Country” exhibition, Tendania, South Australia
2001 “Aboriginal Women” exhibition San Anselmo, CA, USA
2002 “Women Artists of Australia” Auckland NZ
2005 “Colour Power” Aboriginal Art Post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria
John McBride Collection
Kelton Foundation, USA
National Gallery of Victoria
Queensland Art Gallery
Robert Holmes a Court Collection
Thomas Vroom Collection, The Netherlands