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Gracie Morton Pwerle  1956-2024

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Gracie Morton Pwerle (aka Gracie Morton Pwerl)

Gracie Morton Pwerle is an renowned Australian artist. She was one of the senior traditional custodians for both Altyerre Dreamings. Gracie career began in the 1970's with the Utopia Women's Batik Group and on canvas in the 1980's. Her work has been held in galleries throughout Australia and around the world. Gracie worked with great strength and dynamism of the Utopian women artists that continue across the generations. Gracie is a niece of Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996), Gracie is the daughter of Myrtle Petyarre (1932-2014), who was the sister to Ada (1930-2009), Nancy (1934-2009), Kathleen (1940-2018), Gloria (1945-2021), Violet (1945-2010) and Jean Petyarre (1956-2022).

Gracie distinctively minimalistic style is recognized as one of the World’s finest, state-of-the-art modern abstract. Gracie paintings have the physical presence of the much contemporary work of art, and give the impression of the multi-dimensional space and depth. Gracie work is in the World Art Market collections including Museum Kunstpalast Germany, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery.

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Gracie Pwerle Morton 1956-2024
Yellow Bush Plum
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Gracie Morton Pwerle aka Gracie Morton Pwerl Biography

 

Language Group: Alyawarre.

Gracie Morton Petyarre Pwerle is an accomplished well-established Australian artist. There is a rich artistic tradition that runs through Gracie’s family as well as the Utopia community. Born circa 1956, Gracie Morton is the daughter of a senior artist Myrtle Petyarre.

Gracie's mother, Myrtle Petyarre (1932-2014) is sister to Ada (1930-2009), Nancy (1934-2009), Kathleen (1940-2018), Gloria (1945-2021), Violet (1945-2010) and Jean Petyarre (1956-2022). All sisters were paiting stories of Mountain Devil Lizard - Arnkerrthe which is one of the dreamings from Atnangkere and Alhalkere country.

Gracie Morton Petyarre Pwerle career began in the early 1970's when she gained recognition as an artist working with the Utopia Women's Batik group. She was exhibiting her work with the Utopia women in Australia and overseas. Gracie earlier works are quite typical of "Utopia Art" Much line work depicting body-paint designs, and many tradition symbols are seen in her central desert dot paintings.

Funded by the government Arts programs and the support of CAAMA 88, the Utopia women created a major work entitled "A picture story: This was later acquired by the Holms a Court collection and later exhibited at Tandanya in Adelaide in 1989.

Gracie Morton began painting in acrylics in the late 1980s during the “A Summer Project”, where acrylic paints and canvas were introduced to the women of Utopia.

From 1988 Gracie continue painting solely on canvas and using acrylic paints. She prefers the greater freedom and control through the medium of acrylic paints on canvas.

Gracie works with great strength and dynamism of the Utopian women artists that continues across the generations. Gracie's delicate dotting and colour variation uses an aerial perspective to portray the seasonal changes of the Amwekety - the Bush Plum, a plant of great significance to the women of Gracie's traditional country, Mosquito Bore.

 

Gracie Morton distinctively minimalistic style is recognized as one of the World’s best modern state-of-the-art abstract.

Gracie uses microscopically tiny dot technique, creates inspiring almost hypnotic artworks, painting with fascinating accuracy of intricate details.

Gracie Morton is a successful artist in the World Art Market, her paintings have the sheer physical presence of the much contemporary work of art, and multi-dimensional space and depth.  

Coming from Kngwarreye family, Gracie Morton  creates inspiring, modern paintings with fascinating accuracy of intricate details, subtle shades of colour that moves with the viewer’s eyes and floats in air and have the physical presence of the much contemporary work of art.

 

COLLECTIONS

Gracie Morton’s paintings are exhibited regularly throughout Australia and are sought after by collectors Worldwide.

Gracie work is represented in private collections China, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and held in major museums including:

Beher Collection, Reimers Foundation, Deidesheim, Germany

Museum Art Gallery Northern Territory Darwin,

National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne

Art Gallery of Western Australia Perth

Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide

National Gallery of Australia Canberra

Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane

Museum Kunstpalast, Germany

Artbank Sydney

Holmes à Court Gallery and gallery Collection Perth

Slaughter and May International Law collection in London

 

Gracie Pwerl Morton is one of the senior traditional custodian for both the Altyerre (Dreaming) and the vast expanse of related country, some 263kms north of Alice Springs, Australia.

In accordance to traditional law the responsibility for the Bush Plum Dreaming has been passed down to Gracie from her father and her aunt, who are responsible for ensuring that she perseveres its traditions.

An Alyawarre woman from Utopia Station, approximately 250km north-east of Alice Springs, Gracie's works are represented in major private collections such as The Robert Holmes a Court Collection in Western Australia.

 

Selected Exhibitions

Gracie 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.

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 Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns, Australia

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 Kulturnacht, Aboriginal Art Galerie Baehr, Speyer, Germany

2001-02 Recounting the Essence of Life. Art from Australia, Kunstforum HDZ, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

 

2018 Painting on Country – Utopia Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA

2020 60 by 60 – Small Paintings, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2020 Cup of Joy – New Works from Rising Stars, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2021 Sounds of Summer 2, Japingka Gallery, Freemantle

 

Gracie Pwerle Morton - Bush Plum

The delightfully subtle paintings of the Amwekety - the Bush Plum, depict the changing seasonal influences on a plant that is of the greatest significance to the Alyawrre women of the Eastern Desert region of the Northern Territory.

Gracie Morton Pwerle (aka Gracie Morton Pwerl) is one of the senior traditional custodian for both the Altyerre (Dreaming) and the vast expanse of related country, some 263kms north of Alice Springs, Australia.

In accordance to traditional law the responsibility for the Bush Plum Dreaming has been passed down to Gracie from her father and her aunt, who are responsible for ensuring that she perseveres its traditions.

Bush Plum highly nutritious are small fruit with black seeds, rich in vitamin C, that can be eaten raw or cooked. Growing in a great profusion of flower and fruit throughout the winter months, the women, accompanied by the children collect the Bush Plums, while at the same time reconfirming their connection to the land.

The flourish of colour that distinguishes the Bush Plum after the fall of rain, is quickly transformed with the long hot summer months.

Dried and separated, the seed and husk are scatter over the vast sunbaked landscape by the hot summer winds.

The incredible finesse of Gracie’s style creates a wonderful lyricism in her works, causing a three-dimensionality that pulls at the eye guiding the viewer through the soft, outward-reaching fields of colour, while simultaneously transfixing one in its undulations.

 

Literature Source & FURTHER REFERENCES

Aboriginal Artists dictionary of biographies Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Rigion by Kreczmanski, Janusz B and Birnberg, Margo JB Publishing Australia, Marleston, 2004)

Vivien Johnson, published by Craftsman House 1994

The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture" edited by Sylvia Kleinert and Margo Neale published by OUP 2000

Bibliography and PUBLICATIONS:
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. Brody, A. (Hrsg.), Heytesbury Holdings, Perth 1989.

Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert - A Biographical Dictionary" by Vivien Johnson, published by Craftsman House 1994

Brody, A. 1989 Utopia women’s Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A summer Project, 1988-89 exhib. Cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth Brody, A. 1990 Utopia, a picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Homes a Court Gallery and gallery Collection, Heytesbury Holdings LTD Perth NATSIVAD database.
 

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