(1910 - 2006)
Gallery Savah's association with Minnie Pwerle began in 1999. Her paintings were included in many group shows and in 2002 a major solo exhibition of installation paintings was launched. Demand for Minnie Pwerle's paintings sold through Gallery Savah was so high it was virtually impossible to gather enough of her paintings for any more solo exhibitions until 2006. The 2006 solo exhibition titled Minnie Pwerle Memorial Exhibition was critically acclaimed as the definitive collection.
Minnie Pwerle was born around c 1910. Her country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. She started painting her beautifully coloured linear canvas's in September/October 1999!
main titles are Awelye-Atnwengerrp, Bush Medicine and Bush Melon
Seed, all of which convey her love and respect for the land and the
food it provides the people.
Bush Melon is represented by meandering linear design, circles and breast motif in different colours, creating very fluid and bold paintings. Bush Melon Seed comprises large and small patches of colour strewn across the canvas. Both these Dreamings tell the story of the sweet bush tucker that comes from a very small bush and is only found in Atnwengerrp.
Once very abundant and fruiting in the summer
it is now very hard to find. Minnie Pwerle and the other women used
to collect this fruit and scrape out the small black seeds. They
would then eat the fruit immediately or cut it into pieces and
skewer them onto a piece of wood and dry them to be eaten in the
coming months when bush tucker was scarce.
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