Artist: Angeline Pwerle Ngala

Artist Profile

Artist: Angeline Pwerle Ngala
Born : circa.1947.
Skin Name: Pwerle Ngala
Region: Camel Camp, Utopia
Dreaming: Bush Plum (Arnwekety), Arlparra Country

Angeline Pwerle Ngala has recived recognition for her interpretation of her Dreaming - the Bush Plum - Arnwekety on her grandfather's country, Arlparra.

Angeline married; the painter and sculptor Louis Pwerle (deceased).

Angeline is the sister of painters Kathleen Ngala and Polly Ngala all of whom paint the Dreaming – Bush Plum.

In 1988 Angeline joined the batik project in 1988 (after initially being introduced to batik in 1986), where her work is featured in the Robert Holmes a Court Collection.

Angeline made the change to acrylic paint on canvas in the summer of 1988-9 as part of the CAAMA project along with the Utopia women’s paintings: ‘The First works on Canvas, A Summer Project’.

Aboriginal Art Collections

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Angeline is featured in many collections around the world; whereby some of the indigenous art collections are listed below.

  • Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
  • The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne
  • LaTrobe University Collection, Melbourneh
  • Gallery of Modern Arts, Brisbane

Over the more recent years; Angeline Pwerle Ngala has primarily focused on sculpture and painting.

Her work is distinct from that of other artists in the community in the clarity of her colour schemes. Placed on dark backgrounds, the dots take on a pure, surreal quality.

The representation of the Bush plum (Arnwekety), Arrker (night owl), bush foods, and flowers remain the central concerns of her work.

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