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Wally Pwerle Clarke

Biography

Wally lives near Kurrajong Bore at Arnkewenyerra (Utopia), Northern Territory. He is married to artist Janice Kngwarreye and they have five children,- Scottie, Kylie, Tracy, Bobby and Darren.

Wally Pwerle is a well-known, senior artist and sculptor, and is the younger brother of artists- Louis Pwerle (deceased) and Cowboy Louie Pwerle.

Wally paints Grass seed dreaming, Night-time dreaming. His sculptures include kangaroos, echidna, various birds, the Kwertatye man, a traditional avenger who pursues those who break the law and ‘devil dogs’ (camp dogs), who assist the ritual law enforcer, Kwertatye, in the beliefs of this group of Aboriginal people.

His sculptures are carved from native mulga and beanwood timbers, he works from a tree trunk and chisels out the desired shape using simple tools such as an axe, tomahawk, files and knives, and finally, paints the sculptures with acrylic paint.

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