Selina Teece Pwerl was born in 1977 in her traditional country of Antarrengeny, which lies in Alyawarr country north of the Utopia region in Central Australia. Selina grew up surrounded by artists and developed her own artistic talents at a very young age.
The theme for her paintings relate to the stories from her father’s country Antarrengeny. Her painting style can vary from patterns of intricate dots when illustrating a landscape of her country to bold linear work when representing body paint design. Selina is also inspired by other designs that she has seen in her country such as the Kurrajong seeds, Gum blossoms of the Blood wood tree and Akatyerre – Bush tomato, and is constantly experimenting with design and colour.
Selina’s artworks have been exhibited both nationally and internationally and received with great enthusiasm and interest. Through Selina’s hard work she has established herself as a very important emerging Indigenous artist.
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AS3151687 KURRAJONG SEEDS
120 X 100CM
Jill Kelly Kemarre
Jill Kelly Kemarre was born in 1959, an Alyawarr woman; she also speaks Eastern Arrernte and English. Her father’s county is Irrwelty located on Alyawarr land north of the Utopia region of Central Australia. She currently lives with her husband and family at Irrerlirri Outstation in the Arltarlpilta region, 250kms north east of Alice Springs in the beautiful Harts Range.
Jill has been painting for about fifteen years. Over these years she has worked for Delmore Downs Station and the art centre in Amperlatwaty – north of the Utopia Region. Jill also painted at the community art centre in Atitjere. In 2001 and 2002 her work was exhibited with DesArt in Sydney and Melbourne.
Her paintings represent elements associated with the stories from her traditional country. They include; Arnwekety – Conkerberry, Lyaw Ntange – Seeds from the Munyeroo herb and Awely – woman’s ceremony. Jill also paints landscapes applying intricate patterns of tiny dots.
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Jill Kelly Kemarre painting Merne Ntange
Natalie Holmes Pula
Natalie was born 14th November 1982 in Tennant Creek, Central Australia. Her language is Alyawarr, however, she is also fluent in Eastern Arrernte and English. Her mother’s country is near Neutral Junction Station south of Tennant Creek and her father’s country is Antarrengeny which lies in Alyawarr land north of the Utopia Region in Central Australia.
Natalie has been painting for many years under the tutelage of her mother in-law Jill Kelly Kemarre, who is also from the Alyawarr language group. Jill is able to give direction to Natalie about her designs, which relate to her ancestral country and stories. Natalie is constantly inspired by the designs she observes in the native flora and fauna found in her country and her work reflects this as she experiments with fine linear and dot designs, to wonderful splashes of colour.
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AS7876 Country $1100
Acrylic on Linen 90 x 90cm
AS411899 Country $1880
Acrylic on linen 90 x 90cm
Caroline Petrick Ngwarreye
Caroline Petrick Ngwarreye is an Eastern Arrernte and Alyawarr women born c 1978. Her traditional country is Irrerlirre approximately 250km north east of Alice Springs in the beautiful Harts Range
Caroline began her artistic journey in 2007 and developed her talents under the tutelage of her mother Jill Kelly Kemarre. Her subtle paintings of intricate patterns of dot work and splashes of colour relate to her mother’s country and stories from Irrwelty. These stories include arnwekety – conkerberry, ntange – seeds and awelye – women’s ceremony.
Her works have been included in exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
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AS10131410 My Country
Size: 70 cm x 100cm
AS9121157 MY COUNTRY SOLD
Acrylic on linen 120 x 90cm
Barbara Weir was born circa 1945 at what was formerly known as Bundy Station in the Utopia region. Her country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. She is a well-documented artist featured in numerous publications and in 2004 was chosen by the Australian Tourist Commission to appear in an advertisement titled ‘Barbara Weir’s Australia”.
Barbara’s dreamings include ‘Bush Berry’, ‘My Mothers Country’, ‘Awelye’ and her famous ‘Grass Seed’ dreaming. Barbara’s paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout Australia and the world, including Japan, America and Europe.
Barbara is a versatile and passionate artist whose love for the country is reflected in each canvas she paints. She is highly skilled in the use of dot work shown in her depictions of ‘My Mothers Country’, and is ingenious in her use of lines and texture as shown in ‘Grass Seed’ dreamings.
Barbara has travelled extensively with her exhibitions throughout Australia, America, Japan and Europe and is now recognised as one of the art world's most collectable artists.
Barbara currently lives in Alice Springs with her daughter and Grandchildren.
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Acrylic on Linen 121 x 90cm Painted 2006
AS10151890 MY MOTHER'S COUNTRY SOLD
Acrylic on Linen160 x 100cm
Charmaine Torres Pwerle, born in 1975, is the daughter of well known artist Barbara Weir and granddaughter to the late great Minnie Pwerle. Charmaine resides in Alice Springs, where she lives with her four daughters.
Charmaine has always been surrounded by artists; including her mother Barbara Weir, the late great Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gloria Petyarre, her grandmother Minnie Pwerle, just to name a few.
Charmaine’s main inspirations come from her Grandmother’s country Atnwengerrp and awelye - Womens Ceremonial Body Paint Designs.
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AS6132056 AWELYE 200 X 110CM
Acrylic on linen
Janet Golder Kngwarreye
Janet is an Anmatyerre woman born November 1973. Her traditional country is Alhalkere, situated 250km’s North East of Alice Springs in the Utopia Region of Central Australia. She is the eldest of five children to Sammy Petyarre and Margaret Golder. Janet is married to Ronnie Bird Jungala and they have four children.
Surrounded by artists, Janet developed her artistic skills from a very early age as she watched and learned from renowned Australian artists such as her aunty the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, her uncle’s Greeny Purvis Petyarre and Kupptji and her aunties, the well-known Petyarre sisters, just to name a few.
The theme for Janet’s paintings relate to the main women’s stories from her father’s country. Ntyerrm - the bean and seeds from the awenthe – dogwood tree, arnkerrthe - Mountain Devil Lizard and awelye– women’s ceremonial body paint design for these stories.
Her work has been represented in many group exhibitions and can be found in many private collections both in Australia and overseas.
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AS9162099 ATNWELLARE LEAVES
Acrylic on Linen 90x90cm
Katie Morgan Petyarre
Katie Petyarre Morgan is an Alyawarra woman from Ingkwelaye (Kurrajong Bore), a traditional country area in the Utopia region of Central Australia. Katie, and her sister Janie, started her artistic career using non-traditional materials in the late seventies and early eighties with the batik program that was initially introduced by the first art and craft coordinators Jenny Green and later Julia Murray. Janie was involved in the ‘Utopia: A Picture Story’ exhibition, a collection of 88 silk batiks that is now part of the Holmes ‘a Court Collection, her work was featured in the publication ( by A.BrodyHeytesbury, Perth 1990) of these works on silk by the Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland. From there, there was a natural progression from batik to applying paint to canvas.
Using a series of intricate dots of varying sizes in circularpatterns Katie expresses the cultural importance of the fruits and flowers of her traditional dreaming story “Bush Orange” or “Wild Orange”.
Bush Orange is known in Alyawarre as Akarley.’ Once a staple food for the Aboriginal people of this area and found in abundance across the landscape, over grazing by cattle and other livestock have reduced its numbers considerably. The plant is more related to the caper plant than the orange tree.
The fruit grows on a shrub about 3.5m high with weeping foliage and produces large white flowers recognisable by their long prominent ridges. The fragrant small fruit hangs on long stalks and is green when unripe turning yellow or reddish in maturity. The fruit has a sweet flavour and is consumed raw with the tough outer skin discarded.
Belinda Golder Ngwarreye
Belinda is an Anmatyerre woman born 1986 in Alice Springs. Her raditional country is Alhalkere, situated 250km’s North East of Alice Springs in the Utopia Region of Central Australia. She is one of five children to Sammy
Petyarreand Margaret Golder.
Belinda presently lives in Alice Springs with her husband and children. Growing up surrounded by artists, Belinda and her sister the renowned artist Janet Golder, developed their artistic skills from a very early age as they watched and learned from renowned
Australian artists such as their aunty the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, her uncle’s Greeny Purvis Petyarre and Kupptji Kngwarreye, her aunties, the well-known Petyarre sisters and her grandmother Polly Ngale, just to name a few.
The theme for Belinda’s paintings come from her grandmother’s story – Bush Plum, a woman’s story that belongs to Alhalkere country. Her application of thick layers of paint blended with a large bristle brush successfully produces a delicate soft floral motif representative of the flowers of the Bush Plum or Conkleberry. The Anmatyerre women of Utopia still celebrate awelye–Women’s ceremony, for this very important bush food.
Belinda is an up and coming young artist whose beautifulpaintings have already been represented in many group exhibitions and can be found in private collection both in Australia and overseas.
Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri
Maisie Bennett Campbell Napaltjarri was born May 25th 1958 in the Outstation of Haasts Bluff, west of Alice Springs. Her father was Ngatatjarra from Karku, near Warakurna in WA. Her mother Napata, is a Luritja lady from Papunya, currently living at Mt Liebig. Maisie is one of four sisters; her sisters still live at the Outstations to the West of Alice Springs
Maisie was married to, the renowned Australia artist, Barney Campbell Tjakamara and they lived in Papunya, with their 4 children; 2 girls and 2 boys until 2001 when they had to move into Alice Springs. Barney passed away in November 2006 and Maisie now lives between Alice Springs and Kintore.
Maisie began painting in the early 90's, and has exhibited in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Her paintings represent the stories from her father’s country – Karku and include Yalka – Bush Onion, Kampurarrpa – Bush Tomato and Kunga Tjurkurpa - Women's Stories; these still take place in the area between Kintore and Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia. Her paintings became popular recently with a number of galleries exhibiting her vibrant art which is rich in colour and tells the numerous stories that belong to her country.
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AS6132056 KARKU - MY FATHERS COUNTRY 150 X 90CM
Acrylic on linen
Colleen Wallace Nungarrayi
Colleen Wallace Nungarryi was born April 1974, in Alice Springs; she was raised by Kathleen Wallace spending time both in Alice Springs and Santa Teresa Community, south east of Alice Springs. Her fathers’ country is Annamurra near the Harts Range, north east of Alice Springs and her mother’s country is Arrulka near Coniston, west of Alice Springs. Colleen is married to Colin Bird from Mulga Bore Outstation south of the Utopia Region, they have five children.
Colleen began painting in 1990 under the tutelage of her aunties Gabriella and Kathleen Wallace. Her paintings relate to the Pencil Yam Story – Arlatyeye which belongs to Annamurra country. Colleen also paints awelye – women’s ceremony and Dreamtime Sisters who dance the stories surrounding the Pencil Yam Dreaming.
Colleen’s paintings can be found in many private collections both in Australia and overseas. Her work has been represented in many group exhibitions.
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Colleen Wallace Nungarrayi 'Dreamtime Dancers'
120 x 120cm Acrylic on linen
Santa Teresa Crosses and Silks
Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) is an aboriginal community established on this site as a Catholic mission in 1953. Situated approximately 80 kms south east of Alice Springs, the artists of the community are renown for their use of colour, their detailed style and their presentations of their culture and it's stories. The Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre has an important role in the community and Catholic Parish. As well as being a place of traditional healing, the Centre is the venue for many spiritual and artistic activities.
The silks from Santa Teresa are all originals, no one is the same. They make a wonderful gift and in turn help the community by giving meaningful occupation.