Reasons to buy from Pwerle


– Pwerle Gallery is following in the footsteps of the family owned business, Dreaming Art Centre of Utopia ‘DACOU’, which has become firmly entrenched in the contemporary Aboriginal Art industry and is recognised as the leading supplier of quality Utopian artwork.

– We are an Indigenous family owned gallery with the majority of artists being family members who are stake holders in the company.  So when you purchase from Pwerle, you are purchasing directly from the artist.

–  The Director of DACOU, Fred Torres, is a community member of Utopia and is the legal representative for the majority of the artists we represent.

– Both Pwerle and DACOU are the only commercial Indigenous family owned gallery, working with its own community which has operated in Australia for 25 years without government funding.

– DACOU  is  proud to have broken the record twice in achieving the highest price paid for a painting by an Australian female artist:

  • Emily Kame Kngwarreye, ‘Earth’s Creation’, 1995, 275 x 632cm,
    sold at Deutscher Menzies, 2007, for $1.056 million.
  • Emily Kame Kngwarreye, ‘My Country – Final Series’, 1996,
    304 x 199cm, sold privately for $1.1 million in 2008

– The highest sold paintings at auction by Minnie Pwerle and Gloria Petyarre each carry DACOU provenance and broke records for the prices they achieved:

  • Minnie  Pwerle, ‘Awelye Atnwengerrp’, 2003, 120 x 90cm, sold at Deutscher fetching $40,000
  • Gloria Petyarre, ‘Bush Medicine’, 2004, sold at Deustcher Menzies 2007 Auction for $78,000

– DACOU pieces are held in major public and private collections:

  • Emily Kame Kngwarreye & Greeny Purvis, Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Minnie Pwerle, QLD Gallery of Modern Art
  • Barbara Weir, National Gallery of Australia
  • Minnie Pwerle & Emily Pwerle, The Corrigan Collection

– Since  its  inception  DACOU  has  promoted Indigenous  art  via  catalogues  and  publications  and  has presented over 300 exhibitions in prominent galleries both nationally and internationally, including:

  • ‘The Spirit Sings: Paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye’, Emily Kame Kngwarreye solo Tandanya National Aboriginal Institute Inc., 1997
  • African Muse Gallery – a travelling group exhibition, Paris, France 2002
  • Travelling group exhibition at Knut Grothe Galeri in Charlottlenlund, Copenhagen, 2002.
  • Mixed Utopia Exhibition, travelling group exhibition, Le Temps du Reve: Galerie d’Art, France 2002
  • AMP Sydney, group exhibition, 2000, first major exhibition of work by Minnie Pwerle
  • ‘Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye’, Osaka Museum of Art, Art Centre of Tokyo, National Museum of Australia, 2008
  • Robert Steele Gallery, group exhibition, New York, 2007
  • Group exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA, 2007.
  • Gong Pyeong Arts Space, Seoul, Korea, 2008 & 2010 in conjunction with the Australian Embassy.