Non-Executive Director - Artist
Charmaine Pwerle is a rising star of the Aboriginal Art world and among one of the most talented artists to come from Utopia alongside her mother, Barbara Weir, Aunty Emily Kngwarreye and her grandmother, Minnie Pwerle, all highly successful and well-known artists who inspired, encouraged and shared their knowledge with Charmaine. Charmaine spent her early years at Utopia before completing her education in Adelaide. In 1992, Charmaine worked as a junior administrative assistant for Urapuntja Council while living with her mother and grandparents at Soakage Bore, an outstation in Utopia. Surrounded by her people’s culture, performing in ceremonies and learning sacred stories drove her desire to paint and represent traditional stories passed down from her grandmother Minnie. Charmaine has developed an undeniable talent and is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after living Indigenous artists. She has featured in exhibitions and solo exhibitions at galleries across Australia as well as internationally. Charmaine was a Finalist for the 2018 Paddington Art Prize and features in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Charmaine joined the AAAA Board in 2018 and is already making a significant contribution to the Association, using her deep knowledge of Aboriginal art and culture to provide priceless insights to fellow board members. Charmaine is passionate in her support of fellow artists, in particular their rights and responsibilities.