Galya Pwerle


Galya Pwerle’s country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr.  She is in her early 80's (no records exist) and has had little exposure to western culture. In fact, Galya picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 2004.  The youngest of the Pwerle Sisters, most of Galya’s family are all artists including her oldest sister, the late Minnie Pwerle, her niece Barbara Weir, plus her extended family Aileen and Betty Mpetyane.  All encouraged Galya and her older sisters Molly and Emily, to paint with their famed sister Minnie in 2004.Barbara Weir organised the first workshop of the sisters which was held at Ultja station. This inaugural workshop heralded the start of an amazing painting experience.  Just as Minnie showed the glorious freedom of expression, Molly, Emily and Galya followed suit.  Another workshop was arranged and so it continues.

Minnie took a close and supportive role in the development of her younger sisters. The sisters had an instant response to applying paint onto canvas and developing expressions of their dreamings that have been passed down from generation to generation.  The passing on of these symbols and patterns ensures the survival of these peoples’ culture. 

Galya paints "Awelye Atnwengerrp" which means women's ceremony, celebrating Bush Tucker which in Galya's case, is Bush Melon or Bush Tomato and its Seed. "Bush Melon Seed" is depicted by small curved brushstrokes while the "Bush Melon" works consists of blunt paintbrush dabs that are layered across a body paint design background. The patterns represent the designs painted on women's bodies during bush tucker ceremonies, in Atnwengerrp.  Both styles use various colours to form abstract pieces of great beauty. During these ceremonies the women dance, and sing, paying homage to their ancestors, the land and the food it provides. Galya is continually developing her own unique, contemporary style and is proving to be an exciting and progressive artist.  In 2005 and 2008 her work was nominated in the prestigious Telstra Awards held in Darwin.

Detailed bio for Galya Pwerle here.


Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
122x91cm
Code:
6018
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
122x90
Code:
6373
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
90x120
Code:
6227
Awelye Antwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
150x121
Code:
9461
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
200x120
Code:
8807
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
150x100
Code:
7703
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
122x126
Code:
7109
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
90x120cm
Code:
6372
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
88x120cm
Code:
6224
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
80x60cm
Code:
110728
Awelye Atnwengerrp

Artist:
Galya Pwerle
Size:
80x60cm
Code:
111315


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