Cowboy Louie Pwerle

Born in 1941 at the sheep camp on Old McDonald Station, and an Eastern Anmatyerre speaker, his traditional country lies on the Western side of the Sandover River on Utopia Station.
His traditional land stretches west on to Mt Skinner Station. He is the younger brother of Louie Pwerle who is the custodian of a secondary series of dreaming sites over the same area. Cowboy Louie also depicts these sites in his paintings.
The name “Cowboy” comes from his reputation as a stockman and his flashy dressing. Married to sister’s Carol and Elizabeth Kngwarreye, Cowboy lives most of his time at Mosquito Bore (Lyntye), but also spends time at Boundary Bore on the western border of Utopia land and Soakage Bore (Atnarare), south-east of Lyntye.
Nancy Kunoth Petyarr (1934-), her daughter Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray (1961-), son-in-law, Elizabeth’s husband, Cowboy Loy Pwerl (1941-), and his daughter, Genevieve Kemarr Loy (1982-).

His intricate traditional artworks have great movement & depth & depict the contours & colours of his Country.
Delmore Gallery in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane;
The National Gallery of Victoria; Museum of Victoria;
1996 “Nangara”, 2007 – Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay, Sydney; 2007 – Eastern Desert Dreaming, Artists from Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane; 2008 – Power of Place, Paintings and Sculpture from the Eastern Desert, Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc, Adelaide;
Stichting Sint-Jan, Brugge, The Netherlands.
His work has been shown in a number of galleries all over the world.
Cowboy Louie has been painting for the Michael Hollow Gallery – Alice Springs, since 1991.
National Gallery of Victoria and Holmes a Court collections.
State Gallery of South Australia
Bibliography: Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales. ©