Emily Pwerle Indigenous Australian, b. c. 1922

Born: Utopia, NT

Language Group: Anmatyerre/Alyawerre

Community: Utopia, NT


Emily Pwerle is the sister of famous Utopian Aboriginal artist Minnie Pwerle. Emily was born in Utopia and has lived a traditional Indigenous life for the majority of her life and has had little exposure to the Western way of living. This has made her very knowledgable on Indigenous culture, which has proven to be good inspiration for her artworks.

Interestingly, Emily didn’t pick up a paintbrush until her early 80s. Only when encouraged by her sister Minnie, did she start to explore painting with canvas and acrylic paints. Emily instantly took to painting and in no time started to create paintings that were individualistic expressions of Dreamtime stories.