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b. 1935 -

Dave Pwerle Ross grew up on Utopia, Alcoota, Mt Riddock, Macdonald Downs and Delmore. Born in 1935, his Country is The Sandover River from The Alcoota Homestead to Tommyhawk soak on Utopia.

Dave was a quick learner, highly skilled at the wool table in the shearing sheds of Delmore and Macdonald Downs. Always affable and quick to share a joke, he also was ‘The Boss’ of the Aboriginal team of shearers and shed hands. His younger brother, Jo, was a shearer, as well as Lenny Kngwarreye (Lily Sandover Kngwarreye's brother).

Don Holt remembers shearing with these men and his brother, Malcolm (16), at his grandfather’s property, Macdonald Downs, when he was 18. Later, they all continued to work together often at Delmore Downs.

Because of the vast knowledge passed on to him by his father and others, Dave was a Law Man of high degree. When Dave married and moved back to Utopia, he was involved in important ceremonies from Alcoota to the Queensland border, near Mount Isa (over a distance of nearly 600 kilometres). His influence extended to many of the ceremonies of the neighbouring Alyawarre and Eastern Arrernte people.

Dave Ross created his first painting in April 1989, commissioned by Don Holt at Delmore Gallery. His work stood out immediately as bold, strong and authoritative. He quickly mastered the use of the brush and acrylic paint and embarked on the steady production of a powerful series of historical paintings, recording many of the ceremonies and stories of his people.

Many interstate gallery directors and dealers loved Dave Pwerle Ross' paintings. Chandler Coventry held Dave’s first solo exhibition in 1990, then James Mollison bought one of his paintings for the National Gallery of Victoria. Gabrielle Pizzi showed Dave Ross in her gallery in Melbourne, then in St. Petersburg in Russia in 1991. Dave’s artworks were also collected by the both the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery. The Louvre in Paris bought one of his paintings from Delmore (via Stephane Jacob). This painting is now in the Musée du quai Branly.

An unusual painting of Dave’s is in the Smithsonian, USA. They held a competition and exhibition for Indigenous artists around the world, sending one replica of the space shuttle "Endeavour" to one artist in each country to paint, twenty six in total. The entry by Dave Pwerle Ross was one of three to be acquired by the Smithsonian.

A Dave Pwerle Ross painting measuring 500x150cm was on consignment at Mulgara Gallery at The Ayers Rock Resort when it was seen and purchased by a European art collector, who was a composer and conductor for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He was inspired to write "The Uluru Symphony " and even brought out a film crew from Europe to film Dave near Delmore, dancing and singing the story of another big painting.

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      • DAVE (DAVID) PWERLE ROSS (1933 - 2019) Men's Ceremony, 2005 acrylic on linen 211 x 125 x 3 cm (ready to hang) inscribed verso, cat n...
        Feb. 25, 2024

        DAVE (DAVID) PWERLE ROSS (1933 - 2019) Men's Ceremony, 2005 acrylic on linen 211 x 125 x 3 cm (ready to hang) inscribed verso, cat n...

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        DAVE (DAVID) PWERLE ROSS (1933 - 2019) Men's Ceremony, 2005 acrylic on linen (ready to hang) inscribed verso, cat no. D06199

        Lawsons
      • Dave Pwerle Ross, , Algoortana Enjireema 1990, Acrylic on linen
        Jul. 31, 2023

        Dave Pwerle Ross, , Algoortana Enjireema 1990, Acrylic on linen

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Dave Pwerle Ross Algoortana Enjireema 1990 Acrylic on linen

        Theodore Bruce
      • David Ross Pwerle, , Secret Men's Business 1995 (SET OF EIGHT), Synthetic polymer paint on Arches paper
        Mar. 20, 2023

        David Ross Pwerle, , Secret Men's Business 1995 (SET OF EIGHT), Synthetic polymer paint on Arches paper

        Est: $12,000 - $15,000

        David Ross Pwerle Secret Men's Business 1995 (SET OF EIGHT) Synthetic polymer paint on Arches paper Dave Pwerle Ross grew up on Utopia, Alcoota, Mt Riddock, Macdonald Downs and Delmore. Born in 1935, his Country is The Sandover River from The Alcoota Homestead to Tommyhawk soak on Utopia. Because of the vast knowledge passed on to him by his father and others, Dave was a Law Man of high degree. When Dave married and moved back to Utopia, he was involved in important ceremonies from Alcoota to the Queensland border, near Mount Isa (over a distance of nearly 600 kilometres). His influence extended to many of the ceremonies of the neighbouring Alyawarre and Eastern Arrernte people. Many interstate gallery directors and dealers loved Dave Pwerle Ross' paintings. Chandler Coventry held Dave's first solo exhibition in 1990, then James Mollison bought one of his paintings for the National Gallery of Victoria. Gabrielle Pizzi showed Dave Ross in her gallery in Melbourne, then in St. Petersburg in Russia in 1991. Dave's artworks were also collected by the both the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery. The Louvre in Paris bought one of his paintings from Delmore (via Stephane Jacob). This painting is now in the Musée du quai Branly. A rare set of eight works by this highly respected artist.

        Theodore Bruce
      • Dave Pwerle Ross, 1933-2019, Young Men at Areelpa Waterhole at Delmore, Acrylic on linen, 58 1/2 x 36 in. (148.59 x 91.44 cm.)
        Jul. 29, 2022

        Dave Pwerle Ross, 1933-2019, Young Men at Areelpa Waterhole at Delmore, Acrylic on linen, 58 1/2 x 36 in. (148.59 x 91.44 cm.)

        Est: $400 - $600

        Dave Pwerle Ross 1933-2019 Young Men at Areelpa Waterhole at Delmore Acrylic on linen 1993; Commissioned by Delmore Gallery, Alice Springs Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, cat. no. 0097; acquired in 1993; Richard Kelton Collection, Santa Monica

        Abell Auction
      • David Ross Pwerle
        Jul. 28, 2022

        David Ross Pwerle

        Est: $200 - $400

        Night Story and Tree Wallaby Dreaming screenprint on paper, edition: 23/45, numbered and signed below image, '23/45 David Ross'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • Dave Pwerle Ross (Aboriginal, born c.1935),
        May. 22, 2022

        Dave Pwerle Ross (Aboriginal, born c.1935),

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Aputaqua acrylic on linen artist name and gallery verso 92.5cm x 62.5cm Provenance: Delmore Gallery via Alice Springs IR37

        Aalders Auctions
      • Dave Pwerle Ross Sans titre Acrylique sur toile -
        Dec. 01, 2012

        Dave Pwerle Ross Sans titre Acrylique sur toile -

        Est: €5,000 - €7,000

        Dave Pwerle Ross Sans titre Acrylique sur toile - 111 x 126.5 cm groupe Anmatyerre - Utopia - Désert Central Cette toile est de très belle qualité à rapprocher de celles acquises...

        Millon & Associes
      • Dave Pwerle Ross Tomahawk Soak Story - 1998
        Dec. 01, 2012

        Dave Pwerle Ross Tomahawk Soak Story - 1998

        Est: €1,500 - €2,000

        Dave Pwerle Ross Tomahawk Soak Story - 1998 Acrylique sur toile - 60 x 150 cm Ethnie Anmatyerre - Utopia - Désert Central

        Millon & Associes
      • David Pwerle ROSS Allowa - Munyeroo Ceremony, 1989
        Sep. 09, 2012

        David Pwerle ROSS Allowa - Munyeroo Ceremony, 1989

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        David Pwerle ROSS Allowa - Munyeroo Ceremony, 1989 synthetic polymer paint on Belgium linen 120 x 150 cm

        Mossgreen Auctions
      • DAVID ROSS PWERLE MEN'S CEREMONY 1995 synthetic
        Mar. 18, 2012

        DAVID ROSS PWERLE MEN'S CEREMONY 1995 synthetic

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        DAVID ROSS PWERLE MEN'S CEREMONY 1995 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 128X85.5CM M provenance: AGOD# 8429 documentation

        Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings
      • DAVE ROSS PWERLE (born c1935) - Bush Tomato Dreaming 1999 240.0 x 125.0 cm
        Nov. 10, 2011

        DAVE ROSS PWERLE (born c1935) - Bush Tomato Dreaming 1999 240.0 x 125.0 cm

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        DAVE ROSS PWERLE (born c1935) Bush Tomato Dreaming 1999 240.0 x 125.0 cm acrylic on canvas signed, dated and inscribed verso: David Ross/ BUSH TOMATO DREAMING/ DAVIDS COUNTRY/ 3/8/99 accompanied by a Red Sand Art Gallery certificate of authenticity and a photograph of the artist with the completed work

        Lawsons
      • David Pwerle Ross (Australian b. circa 1935), Ahakey Dreaming, acrylic on canvas, 53 x 30-1/2 in
        Dec. 04, 2010

        David Pwerle Ross (Australian b. circa 1935), Ahakey Dreaming, acrylic on canvas, 53 x 30-1/2 in

        Est: $600 - $800

        David Pwerle Ross (Australian b. circa 1935) Ahakey Dreaming Inscribed David Ross/ Utopia Art/ DR 505/ David Pwerele [sic] Ross/ Homestead Outstation/ 'Ahakeye Dreaming' 94/ (Bush Plum) on verso Acrylic on canvas. Unframed. 53 x 30-1/2 in (134.6 x 77.5 cm)

        Weschler's
      • DAVE PWERLE ROSS (DAVIS ROSS APWERL)
        May. 30, 2010

        DAVE PWERLE ROSS (DAVIS ROSS APWERL)

        Est: €2,500 - €3,000

        DAVE PWERLE ROSS (DAVIS ROSS APWERL) Emu Soakage Acrylique sur toile - 118 x 120 cm - 1995 - Ethnie Anmatyerre - Utopia - Désert central

        GAIA SAS
      • DAVE PERL ROSS Pwerle Atilpa - The Plum Tree, 1993
        Mar. 17, 2010

        DAVE PERL ROSS Pwerle Atilpa - The Plum Tree, 1993

        Est: €2,800 - €3,200

        DAVE PERL ROSS Pwerle Atilpa - The Plum Tree, 1993 Acrylique sur toile Dave est né dans les années 1930

        Tajan
      • DAVE PWERLE ROSS Sans titre Acrylique sur toile -
        Dec. 08, 2008

        DAVE PWERLE ROSS Sans titre Acrylique sur toile -

        Est: €1,200 - €1,500

        DAVE PWERLE ROSS Sans titre Acrylique sur toile - 60 x 90 cm Ethnie Anmatyerre - Utopia - Désert Central

        GAIA SAS
      • DAVID ROSS PWERLE
        Oct. 31, 2006

        DAVID ROSS PWERLE

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        BORN CIRCA 1935 WHITE KANGAROO DREAMING 1994 WHITE KANGAROO DREAMING 1994 111 by 126.5 cm Bears artist's name, title, date of execution and language group (Eastern Anmatyerre) on the reverse Synthetic polymer paint on canvas PROVENANCE Rodney Gooch, Alice Springs Framed Gallery, Darwin Private collection, USA Sotheby's Aboriginal & Oceanic Art, Melbourne, 15 -- 16 November 2005, lot 425 Private collection, Melbourne

        Sotheby's
      • DAVID PWERLE ROSS BORN CIRCA 1935
        Nov. 15, 2005

        DAVID PWERLE ROSS BORN CIRCA 1935

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        WHITE KANGAROO DREAMING 1994 MEASUREMENTS 111 by 126.5 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas Bears artist's name, title, date of execution and language group on the reverse PROVENANCE Rodney Gooch, Alice Springs Framed Gallery, Darwin Private collection, U.S.A.

        Sotheby's
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