LANGUAGE GROUP: Anmatyerre & Alyawarre
COMMUNITY: Utopia, NT
Lizzie Pwerle was there when the women from Utopia first caught the attention of the international art world with the Batik project of the late 1970s and the move to painting in the 1980s. Since then she has featured in a number of important group exhibitions, but it is only in the last decade that her singular style has really caught the eye of national & international collectors.
Lizzie's source of inspiration has remained constant throughout her artistic career; her beloved Atnwengerrp country, located 250kms North East of Alice Springs in the Utopia region. Lizzie has a profound knowledge and respect for her country, and this is reflected in her paintings. Many of her works recreate an aerial perspective of Atnwengerrp, with extraordinarily fine rows of dots marking out features in the landscape, as well as underlying cultural meaning which is celebrated in their Awelye ceremonies. Lizzie also depicts Women's Ceremony and Bush Orange Dreaming.
Lizzie's art ensures the continuation of an ancient and rich cultural heritage, and she takes great delight in seeing the next generation of artists from her family grow.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Summer Show & Art Parade, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2018 My Country, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2018 Earth's Creation, Emily Kame and Family, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2017 Atnwengerrp Revisited | Family Show and Artist in Residence Programme, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2016 Black and White, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009 Utopia and Papunya Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Bay Gallery, London
2009 Summer Exhibition Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Gallery Savah, Sydney
2009 Utopia, Colours of the Desert, Gongpyeong Art Space in collaboration with Dacou, Australian Embassy in Korea and Crossbay Gallery, Seoul
2008 Dacou Gallery, Adelaide
2008 Gallery Savah, Sydney
2008 Utopia Discoveries, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Contemporary Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Harrison Gallery, Sydney
2008 Small Works, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
1990 Utopia - a Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Ireland and Scotland
1989-91 Utopia - a Picture Story, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide