Galya Pwerle

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Galya Pwerle Awelye Atnwengerrp
Awelye Atnwengerrp
122 x 91 cm
Galya Pwerle Awelye Atnwengerrp
Awelye Atnwengerrp
180 x 123 cm
Galya Pwerle Awelye Atnwengerrp
Awelye Atnwengerrp
48 x 80 cm
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Galya Pwerle

Galya Pwerle

Galya Pwerle Biography

Galya Pwerle’s country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. She is in her early 80's (no records exist) and has had little exposure to western culture. In fact, Galya picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 2004. The youngest of the Pwerle Sisters, most of Galya’s family are all artists including her oldest sister, the late Minnie Pwerle, her niece Barbara Weir, plus her extended family Aileen and Betty Mpetyane. All encouraged Galya and her older sisters Molly and Emily, to paint with their famed sister Minnie in 2004. Barbara Weir organised the first workshop of the sisters which was held at Ultja station. This inaugural workshop heralded the start of an amazing painting experience.

Just as Minnie showed the glorious freedom of expression, Molly, Emily and Galya followed suit. Another workshop was arranged and so it continues. Minnie took a close and supportive role in the development of her younger sisters. The sisters had an instant response to applying paint onto canvas and developing expressions of their Dreamings that have been passed down from generation to generation. The passing on of these symbols and patterns ensures the survival of these peoples’ culture.

Galya paints "Awelye Atnwengerrp" which means women's ceremony, celebrating Bush Tucker which in Galya's case, is Bush Melon or Bush Tomato and its Seed. "Bush Melon Seed" is depicted by small curved brushstrokes while the "Bush Melon" works consists of blunt paintbrush dabs that are layered across a body paint design background. The patterns represent the designs painted on women's bodies during bush tucker ceremonies, in Atnwengerrp. Both styles use various colours to form abstract pieces of great beauty. During these ceremonies the women dance, and sing, paying homage to their ancestors, the land and the food it provides. Galya is continually developing her own unique, contemporary style and is proving to be an exciting and progressive artist. In 2005 and 2008 her work was nominated in the prestigious Telstra Awards held in Darwin.

Galya Pwerle Description

Galya Pwerle Resumé

2007 Contemporary Australian Art, VIC
2007 'Desert Diversity', Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2007 Annual Group Exhibition 'Shalon', Universitry of NSW, Shalom Department, Kensington NSW
2007 'Utopia in New York', Robert Steele Gallery, New York, USA
2007 'Standing on Ceremony', Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA
2007 Dacou Adelaide, Port Adelaide SA
2007 Australian Embassy, Washington, USA
2007 'Treasures of the Spirit - Investing in Aboriginal Art', Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA
2007 APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition with Rio Tinto, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2006/2007 'New Works from Utopia', Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2006 Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2006 APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition, Rio Tinto Offices, Melbourne VIC
2005 "The Pwerle Sisters", Artmob Gallery, Hobart TAS
2005 Dacou Australia, Rosewater SA
2005 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2005 Gallery Savah, Sydney NSW

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