Wally Pwerle Clarke
About Wally Pwerle Clarke
Born c. 1953
Skin Name Pwerle (also spelt Pwerl)
Region Kurrajong Bore, Utopia, Northern Territory
Country Ngkwarlerlaneme/Ngkawenterre Camp
Subjects Men’s Ceremonies, Grass Seed Dreaming, Milky Way Dreaming Wally lives near Kurrajong Bore at Arnkewenyerra (Utopia), Northern Territory. He is married to artist Janice Kngwarreye and they have five children - Scottie, Kylie, Tracy, Bobby and Darren.
Wally Pwerle is a well-known, senior artist and sculptor, and is the younger brother of artists- Louis Pwerle (deceased) and Cowboy Louie Pwerle. Wally paints Grass seed dreaming, Night-time dreaming. His sculptures include kangaroos, echidna, various birds, the Kwertatye man, a traditional avenger who pursues those who break the law and ‘devil dogs’ (camp dogs), who assist the ritual law enforcer, Kwertatye, in the beliefs of this group of Aboriginal people. His sculptures are carved from native mulga and beanwood timbers, he works from a tree trunk and chisels out the desired shape using simple tools such as an axe, tomahawk, files and knives, and finally, paints the sculptures with acrylic paint.
Collections Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation Indigenous Art Holmes a Court Collection Kerry Stokes Collection National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC Powerhouse Museum, Sydney NSW Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier SA
Exhibitions 1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection 1990 Harvard University, USA 1990 University of Minnesota, USA 1990 Lake Oswego Centre for the Arts, USA 1993 10th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT 1994 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT