Minnie Pwerle [c1910 - 2006]
Internationally acknowledged as one of the immortals of the aboriginal art world, Minnie began her illustrious career in the 1980's with a series of Batik prints for the Robert Holmes a Court collection. Following that success she decided to transfer her immense talents to canvas. Very soon, her energetic raw works soon became the talk the contemporary art world. Her Bold and innovation offerings are executed with a decidedly simple naiveté yet possess a sense of underlying deeper spirituality. Minnie's main speciality genres are Awelye-Atnwengerp [Body Paint designs for women's special ceremonies in her traditional homeland] and Bush Melon seed. Minnie is the mother of highly acclaimed artists, Barbara Weir and Betty Mbitjana. Extensively exhibited and collected the world over, her larger paintings have fetched up to $85,000 at auction [Lawson-Menzies 2007] - Minnie's incredible body of work is now regarded as legendary.