Cowboy Louis Pwerle
His name comes from both his reputation as a stockman and his fancy dress.
His paintings are usually entitled “Men’s Business” and utilise traditional men’s sand painting motifs to represent the process of
Initiation Ceremonies in a precise technique of fine “dotting”.
Cowboy Louis Pwerle (sometimes spelled “Louie”) is an Eastern Anmatyerre man who was
born circa 1950 at Old McDonald Station and now lives at Mosquito Bore (Lyentye) in the
Utopia Homelands, Central Australia.
The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne has acquired a piece by Cowboy for their
collection, and he has been collected and exhibited overseas by Hank Ebes as part of the
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