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Galya Pwerle

Biography

Utopia artist Galya Pwerle is the sister to Minnie Pwerle (1914-2006), who has become one of Australia’s most recognised Aboriginal artists. Galya Pwerle, who was born in the 1930s, is part of a powerful clan of artists from the Utopia homelands. As an older artist, Galya Pwerle painted alongside two of her sisters, Molly Pwerle and Emily Pwerle, who are the aunts of the renowned painter, Barbara Weir.

Galya Pwerle paints aspects of Awelye, women’s ceremonial body paint designs, as well as the bush damper design, derived from the staple food made from wild grass seeds, used to make bush bread. Galya Pwerle maintains the strong style of painting recognisable from her family clan of Utopia artists.

Exhibitions

2005 Permanent exhibition and collection, Dacou Australia, Rosewater, SA
2005 Group exhibition, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2005 Group exhibition, Gallery SAvah, Sydney NSW
2006 The Pwerle Sisters, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne Vic
2006 Group Exhibition, APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition, Rio Tinto Offices, Melbourne Vic
2006 The Pwerle Sisters, Artmob Gallery, Hobart Tas
2006/07 Group exhibition, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane Qld
2007 Permanent exhibition, Dacou Adelaide, Port Adelaide SA
2007 Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA
2007 Utopia in New York, Robert Steele Gallery, New York, USA
2007 Annual Group Exhibition ‘Shalom’, University of NSW, Shalom Department, Kensington, NSW
2007 Desert Diversity, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne Vic
2007 Group exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA
2007 Treasures of the Spirit – Investing in Aboriginal Art, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA
2007 Annual Group Exhibition, APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition with Rio Tinto, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2007 New Works from Utopia, Space Gallery, Pittsburg, PA, USA
2008 Utopia Collection2, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA

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