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"Bush Plum" by Gracie Morton Pwerle
"Bush Plum" by Gracie Morton Pwerle
"Bush Plum" by Gracie Morton Pwerle
"Bush Plum" by Gracie Morton Pwerle

Gracie Pwerle Morton

"Bush Plum" by Gracie Morton Pwerle

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  • 60cm by 30cm 
  • Acrylic paint on canvas

About Gracie

Born on Utopia Station, c.1956, Gracie Morton Pwerle is the daughter of well-known artist Myrtle Petyarre and the sister of famous artists Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre. There is a rich artistic tradition that runs through Gracie’s family as well as the Utopia community. Not only Gracie’s aunties but her sisters, Mary, Rita, and Elizabeth, are also artists.

Gracie Morton began painting in the late 1980s during “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, and in accordance with traditional law she is responsible for ensuring the Dreaming, customs and traditions associated with the Bush Plum are upheld. This responsibility was passed down to Gracie from her father and aunt.

Gracie’s primary subject in her artwork is Arnwekety and through her artwork she depicts the changing seasonal influences on the plant. Gracie creates a wonderful lyricism in her artworks, causing a three-dimensional visual effect that guides the observer through the soft outward reaching fields of colour. 

Gracie’s artworks are represented in major private collections including the Holmes à Court Collection and her artworks are exhibited regularly throughout Australia. She has been a part of international exhibitions in China, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands.

Collections

  • Robert Holmes à Court Collection.
  • Beher Collection (Germany).
  • Slaughter and May International Law Collection (London).

Exhibitions

  • 2007, (Multiple exhibitions around Beijing) Redrock Gallery, China World Exhibition Centre, Beijing, PR China.
  • 2006, Redrock Gallery, South Yarra
  • 2003, Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 2002, Aboriginal Art Gallery Baeher, Speyer, Germany.
  • 2002, “Land is Life Art from Australia”, Jagdschloss Granitz, Binz, Germany.
  • 2001, “The Unseen in Scene”, Staedtische Galerie, Wolfsburg, Germany.
  • 2001, “Recounting the Essence of Life. Art from Australia”, Kunstforum, HDZ.
  • 2000, “Kunst der Aborigines”, Leverkusen, Germany.
  • 2000, Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 2000, ”Mosquito Bore – The Art of the Minimalist”, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns.
  • 1999, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs.
  • 1999, Mbantua Gallery and Cultural Museum, Alice Springs.
  • 1999, Alliance Francaise de Canberra and the French Embassy, Canberra.
  • 1999, “My Country – Journey of our Ancestors”, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns.
  • 1998, “Utopia and Balgo Hills”, Aboriginal Art Gallery Baeher, Speyer, Germany.
  • 1998, Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne.
  • 1998, Chapel Off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 1998, “Culture Store”, Art Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 1998, “Dreamings”, Spazio Pitti, Florenz, Italy.
  • 1996, “Desert Mob”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1994, “Desert Mob”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1993, “Desert Mob”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1992, “Desert Mob”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1991, “Desert Mob”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1991, “8th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards”, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
  • 1989, “Utopia Women’s Paintings. The First Works on Canvas”, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
  • 1989, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide.
  • 1986, “Desert Mob”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1985, “Desert Mob”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.

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