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Australian Aboriginal Art by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle was born at Sandover River in the Northern Territory in 1910 and died March 17th 2006 She was a productive artist up until her death this year. She is highly acclaimed and one of the top fifty most collectable artists in Australia.

Minnie painted for ceremonial purposes most of her life which was body painting primarily on the upper body. It wasn't until 1999 when she was well into her 80's that she began painting with acrylic on canvas and the affect she has had on the art world since then has been amazing.

Minnie had seven children . Barbara Weir also an acclaimed artist is one of her daughters. Minnie and Barbara's story alone makes very clear the difficult lives aboriginal families, women and children in particular continue to experience. Her paintings reflect her country, women's ceremonies...bush melon, body painting and bush melon seed are depicted with rhythmic linear designs and circles on canvas with the use of brilliant colour.

Minnie's large family was her life and she lived close to her children and grandchildren painting and relishing her life.

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