Angelina Pwerle

“Angelina Pwerle’s paintings so effectively create an impression of a mysterious and distant place that they are often thought to represent galaxies in the night sky - rather than the terrestrial world that is their subject.” Anne Marie Brody, Marking the infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, exhibition catalogue, 2016.


Angelina Pwerle’s beautifully detailed, subtle and multifaceted paintings are both specific and universal. Predominantly concerned with representation of Bush Plum Dreaming, a subject of cultural, social and ceremonial import, celebrating both physical and spiritual nourishment, Angelina’s paintings are both strikingly beautiful and meticulously executed.

Pwerle’s work has become increasingly pared back over time, more minimalist in appearance, utilising a spare palette. Using a wooden skewer, miniscule marks are made upon the surface of the canvas, repeated fluidly over the work. As the process is time consuming, Pwerle may only complete one or two major works in any one year.

Joining the Niagara stable in 1993, like many Utopia women artists, Angelina began producing work with the Indonesian technique of batik in the 1980s with the Utopia Women’s Batik Group. Not long after, canvas and acrylic paint were introduced to her community and it has largely been in this medium that Angelina has come to national and international prominence. Most recently Pwerle’s work was featured in the important exhibition Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, which toured the USA and Canada from 2016-2019.

Born c.1946, Angelina Pwerle lives and works in Ngkawenyerre, Utopia, Northern Territory. Her work is held in a number of significant public and private collections both within Australia, and internationally including the Holmes à Court Collection, Perth; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; The Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl, Miami, USA; and the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.

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Bush plum (29-209), 2009, acrylic on linen, 151 x 152cm, 12220N

Bush plum (29-209), 2009
acrylic on linen
151 x 152cm

Selected Stock

Angelina Pwerle
Bush Plum (1-618), 2018
acrylic on linen
120 x 90cm

Angelina Pwerle
Bush Plum (2-918), 2018
acrylic on canvas
151 x 122cm

Angelina Pwerle
Bush Plum (5-219), 2019
acrylic on linen
151 x 151cm

Angelina Pwerle
Bush Plum (1-1218), 2018
acrylic on canvas
122 x 150cm

This is a selection only, for further information contact the gallery.