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. Learn more about Gayla here.
This piece was painted in 2020 and is 122cm x 92cm in size.
This artwork is currently stretched.
This artwork is apart of the Tandanya 30th year anniversary exhibition in collaboration with Pwerle Gallery called ‘Atnwengerrp – Our Apmere, Our Place’. It will be provided with a certificate of authenticity by Pwerle Gallery which will also be stamp certified by Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
Galya begins her stunning paintings on canvas with the patterns women paint on their bodies during awelye ceremonies, paying homage to their ancestors, the land and food it provides. The body painting lines and concentric circles are just visible beneath the rich layers of dots that represent the flowers and fruit of the bush melon. Her abundant and lively dotting in the rich warm colours of the bush allows for mesmerising textural complexity similar to that of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and expresses well the scattering of the tiny seeds into the wind.
All the artwork provided is done on with highest quality linen canvas, acrylic paints, oils and brushes ensuring the longevity of each piece of work.