Minnie Pwerle 'Awelye Atnwengerrp'
Acrylic on Linen Canvas,123 x 89 cms, 2004
Born between 1910 and 1922 near Utopia, Northern Territory, Minnie was taught by her (now famous) daughter Barbara Weir and began painting in 1999 at the age of 80, her paintings soon became highly popular and much sought-after works of contemporary Indigenous Australian art. In the years after she took up painting on canvas until she died in 2006, Minnie's works were exhibited around Australia and collected by major galleries, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery. Minnie's work is often compared with that of her sister-in-law Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who also came from the Sandover and took up acrylic painting late in life.