Gracie Morton Pwerl

Gracie, born circa 1956, an Alyawarre woman from Utopia Station, approximately 250km north-east of Alice Springs and her paintings represent Bush Plum Dreaming sometimes her intricate and layered dot work detail the fruit which grows on low shrubs, the different colours of each piece indicating seasonal changes. Then she may add the walking tracks, which meander through the bush that the women use to collect this favourite bush fruit. It is a group activity and the older women use this time to teach the children about the land and their culture. Gracie also incorporates “Awelye” into her paintings. Awelye is the body paint designs significant to ceremonies and rituals that are the basis of her culture.
Gracie is one of the finest artists to emerge from Utopia who promotes her culture, country, seasons and ceremony through her paintings and her work is highly collectable and sought after by collectors Worldwide.
She exhibits regularly in Australia, more recently in a solo show titled ‘Mosquito Bore – The Art of the Minimalist’ at Ancient Earth Indigenous Art Gallery in Cairns and in a group exhibition at the Alliance Francaise de Canberra and French Embassy in Canberra.
Exhibitions include:
• 2000 Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns, Australia Group Exhibitions
• 1985 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia
• 1986 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia
• 1989 Utopia Women’s Paintings. The First Works on Canvas. A Summer Project, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
• 1989-91 Utopia – A Picture Story, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, Australia; The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Ireland; Meat Market Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
• 1991 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia
• 1991 8th National Aboriginal Art Awards, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
• 1992 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia
• 1993 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia
• 1994 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia
• 1996 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia
• 1998 Utopia und Balgo Hills, Aboriginal Art Galerie Baehr, Speyer, Germany
• 1998 Culture Store, Art Gallery, Rotterdam. Netherlands
• 1998 Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florenz, Italy
• 1999 Alliance Francaise de Canberra and French Embassy. Australia
• 1999 Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, Australia
• 1999 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, Australia
• 1999 My Country – Journey of our Ancestors, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns
• 2000 Kunst der Aborigines, Leverkusen, Germany
• 2000 Mosquito Bore – The Art of the Minimalist, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art,Australia
• 2001 alice.fitzroy@af, Alliance Francaise de Canberra , Canberra, Australia
• 2001 The Unseen in Scene, Staedtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany
• 2001-02 Recounting the Essence of Life. Art from Australia, Kunstforum HDZ, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
• 2002 Land is Life. Art from Australia, Jagdschloss Granitz, Binz, Ruegen, Germany
• 2002 Kult(o)urnacht, Aboriginal Art Galerie Baehr, Speyer, Germany
Collections include:
• Beher-Sammlung Privatsammlungen Reimers-Stiftung, Deidesheim
• Robert Holmes à Court-Sammlung, Perth
• Slaughter and May International Law, London
Bibliography:
• Das Verborgene im Sichtbaren. The Unseen in Scene. Aboriginal Art Galerie Bähr, Speyer,
• Utopia – A Picture Story: 88 Works on Silk. The Robert Holmes à Court Collection. Brody, A. (Hrsg.), Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Adelaide 1989
• Utopia Women’s Paintings: The First Works on Canvas. A Summer Project 1988-89. The Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Brody, A. (Hrsg.), Heytesbury Holdings, Perth 1989