BORN: 1975 Alice Springs, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Anmatyerre
COMMUNITY: Utopia, NT
Charmaine Pwerle comes from a lineage of successful female artists. Her Grandmother is Minnie Pwerle and her mother, Barbara Weir. Her early years and education straddled two cultures and she split her time between Utopia, Alice Springs and Adelaide.
Charmaine has lived across Australia (including recently in Mt Isa) regularly returning to Utopia to see family and take part in cultural ceremonies.
Although her work echoes that of her grandmother Minnie Pwerle, there is an idiosyncratic elegance and energy to her patterning that has been described as “having the assurance of a much more practiced artist than her years or experience would suggest”.
Image courtesy of Kate Owens Gallery