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On a bush trip out to Utopia in November 2004, canvas was given out to many regu…

Artist Profile

Artist Profile


c. 1940's

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Atnwengerrp, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory


Acrylic on Canvas and Linen


Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Akarley (Northern Wild Orange), Night Sky

On a bush trip out to Utopia in November 2004, canvas was given out to many regular artists at a sorry camp near Clinic camp, in the Utopia Region of Central Australia. Some of these artists included Mary Morton, Queenie Morton, Old Billy Morton and Katie Kemarre. Lizzie was sitting under a humpy with family and ever so quietly asked for some canvas too. At this time, she was believed to be in her 60's and decided to give painting a go for the first time.

Mary Morton kindly helped Lizzie to answer some questions for a profile. We were told that a man by the name of Billy is her father, Queenie is her Aunty and Minnie Pwerle is her older sister. (They share the same father but have a different mother). Minnie (deceased) is a famed Aboriginal artist who began painting in her 80's. Both Lizzie and Minnie share the same Dreamtime stories, one of which is the Akarley (Wild Orange). Lizzie paints this and Awelye (women's ceremonial body paint design) that belongs to her country, Atnwengerrp.

The Akarley (Wild Orange) is a sweet fruit which often ripens in February. It is considered better than other wild oranges.

Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
Latz, P.
(1995) Bushfires and Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs


Artist: Lizzie Moss Pwerle

Size: 30 x 30cm

Title: Akarley (Northern Wild Orange)

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Year Painted: 2024

Akarley (Northern Wild Orange)

Lizzie paints the story of the northern wild oranges, known as Akarley in Lizzie's language. The wild oranges hang down on long stalks, turning yellow or a red tint when ripe, most commonly during the month of February. Young fruit are often ripened in hot sand.

There is an ancient Dreamtime story of the Akarley, belonging to her country Atnwengerrp, which Lizzie and other women of her country share with younger generations of women and girls.

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