Gracie Morton Pwerle was born on Utopia Station at Mosquito Bore, 250 km north-east of Alice Springs. Her mother is Myrtle Petyarre, an Aboriginal artist of international acclaim herself. Along with other women artists from Utopia, Gracie Morton Pwerle was one of the original Aboriginal artists who participated in the successful 1977 Utopia Women’s Batik program. She was introduced to painting with acrylic on canvas in the late 1980’s.
Gracie Morton Pwerle’s minimalist dotting and beautiful variation of colour depicts the seasonal changes of the Amwekety- the Bush Plum. This slender shrub with blue-green leaves and small black berries has a sweet taste and is a very important food source for the Alyawarre and Anmatyerr women from Utopia. Whilst incorporating traditional Aboriginal designs of dots and line,
Gracie Morton Pwerle’s paintings are an abstract and contemporary representation of her Bush Plum Dreaming. In accordance to traditional law, the responsibility for the Bush Plum Dreaming has been passed down to Gracie Morton Pwerle by her father and her aunt. Now it is Gracie Morton Pwerle’s responsibility to continue her spiritual link with this country and pass it onto the next generations. Gracie Morton Pwerle’s paintings have been exhibited widely and are held in numerous private and public Aboriginal art collections in Australia and overseas.