Minnie Pwerle


Artist Biography

Minnie Pwerle (b. 1910, Utopia) was one of Australia’s greatest female Aboriginal artists.

Pwerle originated from the rural bush country, northeast of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. Her works are largely inspired by her involvement in traditional Aboriginal ceremonial practice and rituals where she was responsible for applying body paint designs to participants in women’s ceremonies. Pwerle was well missed and mourned by Aboriginal Art lovers all over the world upon her passing in 2006.

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Artist Exhibitions


Mixed Utopia exhibition at Knut Grothe Galeri, Charlottlenlund,Copenhagen.
Solo exhibition, ” Recent Paintings”, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW.
‘Paintings From Utopia”- combined exhibition at “Framed- The Darwin Gallery”, Darwin, NT
Mixed Utopia exhibition at Galerie a Le Temps Du Reve, France.
‘Contemporary Aboriginal Art From The Utopia Region”- combined Exhibition at BMGART, Adelaide, SA.
‘Minnie’s Country’ Dacou Gallery, Adelaide, SA.
‘Generations Utopia’- combined exhibition, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Perth WA.
Selected entrant in the 2002, 19th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
‘A Collectable Aboriginal Art Event”- combined exhibition at Raintree Gallery, Darwin, NT.
‘BIG COUNTRY small worlds’- solo exhibition at Fire-works Gallery Qld
‘The Utopia Six’, Flinders Lane Gallery, VIC.
‘Awelye Atnwengerrp’ Solo Exhibition at Dacou Gallery, Adelaide, SA.
Heart and Soul Gallery in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Nashville, TN, USA.
Urban Wineworks with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Mbantua Gallery ‘In the Cove’, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Chapman Gallery Group Exhibition, ACT.
Mixed Utopia Exhibition, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT.
Mixed Utopia Exhibition’, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW.


‘My Grandmother and Me’, World Vision, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
‘Minnie Pwerle & Mitjili Napurrula’, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle. WA.
Group Exhibition, Art & Soul Gallery in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Mbantua Gallery, Umpqua Bank, Oregon USA
Solo Exhibition, “Sydney Art Fair”, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW.
‘Art from the Dreamtime”, Portland Art Museum in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery. Oregon, USA.


‘Diva’s of the Desert’, Gallery Gonwana, Alice Springs, NT.


“Utopia Revealed’, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA.
Annual Group Exhibition ‘Shalom’, University of NSW, Shalom Department, Kensington, NSW.
‘Small Wonders’, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT.


Solo Exhibition, “Memorial Exhibition”, Gallery Savah, Sydney. NSW.
‘The Pwerle Sisters,’ Group Exhibition, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
Group exhibition, APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition, Rio Tinto Offices, Melbourne, VIC.


‘Standing on Ceremony’, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA.
‘Utopia in New York’ Robert Steele Gallery, New York. USA.
Group Exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA.
Group exhibition, “Desert Diversity”, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
‘Treasures of the Spirit’, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA.
Group exhibition, APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition with Rio Tinto, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD.
“New Works from Utopia”, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.


“Utopia Revisited”, NG Art Gallery, Chippendale, NSW.
Colours of Utopia, Gallery Savah, Sydney NSW
“Atnwengerrp: Land of Dreaming”, Minnie Pwerle carpet launch, Designer Rugs Showroom, Edgecliffe, NSW.
“Emily and Her Legacy”, Hillside Gallery in Tokyo, with Coo-ee Art Sydney in conjunction with the landmark retrospective exhibition ‘Utopia – the Genius of Emily Kngwarreye’ at the National Art Centre, Tokyo Japan.


Size Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW


“Body Lines” Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane QLD.
“The Australian Indigenous Art Market Top 100 Exhibition” Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Bondi NSW.
“Minnie Pwerle and Emily Kame Kngwarreye”, Kate Owen Gallery, Rozelle, NSW.

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