Gracie Morton Pwerle – Bush Plum

$950.00

Gracie Morton Pwerle was born in approximately 1956 and is an Alyawarr woman from the Utopiaregion in Central Australia. She is the daughter of well-known Utopian artist Myrtle Petyarre, who is the sister of famous and collectable artists Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre. There is a rich artistic tradition that runs through Gracie’s family and also the Utopian community, not only Gracie’s aunties but also her sisters; Mary, Rita and Elizabeth are also artists.

Gracie began painting in the 1980’s during the “A Summer Project”, where acrylic paints and canvas were introduced to the women of Utopia. Her artworks have been well received throughout Australia and overseas. Gracie is a senior traditional custodian of the Arnwekety (Bush Plum) Dreaming, in accordance with traditional law she is responsible for ensuring the Dreaming, customs and traditions associated with the Bush Plum. This responsibility was passed down to Gracie from her father and aunt.

The Bush Plum is a nutritious small fruit found in Central Australia, it has black seeds which are rich in Vitamin C. The fruit can be eaten straight from the bush or cooked. Growing through the winter months, when spring comes there is a great profusion of flowers and fruit, the women and children will go out and collect the Bush Plum. During this time the women will reaffirm their connection, to the land.

Her delicate dotting style and colour variation depict the Bush Plum in an aerial perspective. She has a very minimalist style with an overall effect, which leaves the canvas with a gentle and soft appearance.

Her artworks are represented in major private collections including the Robert Holmes a Court Collection and her artworks are exhibited regularly through various galleries in Australia. She has also been a part of international exhibitions in China.

Title

Bush Plum

Artist

Gracie Morton Pwerle

Dimensions

89 x 72 cm