Emily Pwerle was born around 1922 on Utopia Station. Emily lives in Irrultja, a tiny settlement in Utopia of about 100 people. Emily comes from a family of great painters including her blood sister Minnie Pwerle and her niece Barbara Weir.
It wasn't until late 2004 that Barbara Weir organised the first workshop for the sisters which was held at Irrultja station. This inaugural workshop heralded the start of an amazing painting experience.
Emily started painting in 2004 and has developed a style similar to her sister Minnie's. Both were handed their stories by their mother as part of the shared tradition of "painting up" prior to women's ceremonies or awelye atnwengerrp. 'Awelye-Atnwengerrp' is depicted by a series of lines and symbols, often criss-crossed patterns that are layered across the canvas with colours that are explosive, colourful and energetic. The patterns represent the designs painted on women's bodies during bush tucker ceremonies in Atnwengerrp. Emily has developed her own unique, contemporary style and is proving to be a prolific, energetic and talented artist.
2005 Permanent exhibition and collection, DACOU Australia, Rosewater, SA
2005 Group exhibition, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT.
2006 Group Exhibition, ‘The Pwerle Sisters,’ Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2006 Group exhibition, APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition, Rio Tinto Offices, Melbourne, VIC.
2006/07 Group exhibition, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD.
2007 ‘Utopia in New York’ Robert Steele Gallery, New York. USA
2007 Group Exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA
2007 “New Works from Utopia”, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2008 “Utopia Collection”, Japinka Gallery, Perth, WA
2008 “Utopia Discoveries”, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2008 Group travelling exhibition to major cities in Australia, “EWB Elements”, presented by Dreamtime Art in conjunction with DACOU.
2009 “Utopia, Color’s of the Desert”, Gongpyeong Art Space in conjunction with DACOU, Australian Embassy in Korea & Crossbay Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
2009 Utopia group exhibition, DACOU Broome, Broome, WA.
2009 Group Exhibition, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW.
2009 “Body Markings”, solo exhibition, DACOU Gallery Melbourne, Middle Park, VIC .
2010 Solo Exhibition, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW.
2010 “The Pwerle Sisters” Group Exhibition DACOU Australia, Melbourne VIC