Angelina Ngale (Pwerle)


About the Artists:


Born to Nellie Petyarre in the arid desert area of Utopia Station in 1947, Angelina Ngale (also known as Angelina Pwerle) has become an Australian renowned aboriginal artist, with her work held in collections nationally and internationally. Initially Angelina began in the medium of batik when this begun in the late 1970’s at Utopia. When acrylics swept the Utopia region about a decade later, Angelina made the swift transition and has continued using this medium like other Utopia artists.

Becoming well known for her fine dot representations of the Anwekety (conkerberry, also known as conkleberry and bush plum), Angelina quickly became a household name amongst Australian Indigenous galleries. Like most other women, Angelina can paint the women’s ceremonial body paint designs (Awelye) which she does so with bold and colourful feel, though she paints much less of this. Angelina also enjoys painting another subject, the story of Atham-areny. Atham-areny are small creatures that live where there is no fire.



The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth,
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra,
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne,
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide,
Latrobe University Collection, Melbourne,
Allen, Allen and Hemsley Collection, Sydney,
Artbank, Sydney,
Commonwealth Law Courts, Melbourne,
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth,
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan.


Indecorous Abstraction: Contemporary Women Painters, Light Square Gallery 2002, Adelaide,
Melbourne Art Fair 2004 & 2002, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne,
Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art 2001, Madrid and touring regional Spain,
Blue Chip II: The Collectors’ Exhibition, Niagara Galleries 1999, Melbourne,
This Land, Utopia Art 1994, Sydney,
The Oval Board Collection, Bishop Museum, Hawaii,
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Connecticut, USA,
Tampa Museum of Art, Florida, USA,
Utopia Women, Museum of Contemporary Art 1993, Sydney,
1992 Bubbles, Baubles & Beads, Utopia Art, Sydney,
Aboriginal Painting, Austral Gallery, St. Louis, USA,
Utopia Batik, Araluen Centre for Arts & Entertainment, Alice Springs, exhibited with Utopia women artists in Australia and abroad 1977- 88.