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LANGUAGE GROUP: Alywarre/Anmatyerre
COMMUNITY: Utopia, NT
Jade Akamarre is a highly esteemed artist and art dealer whose passion for art is deeply ingrained in her family’s legacy. Her grandmother and great-grandmother, the late Barbara Weir and the late Minnie Pwerle, are both recognised Australian Aboriginal artists, making it natural for Jade to follow in their footsteps. Today, she is a renowned artist and the Director
of Pwerle Aboriginal Art Gallery, known for its exceptional collection of Aboriginal art, which includes works by her own family members.
Jade’s artistry is inspired by her profound connection to her culture and homeland. Her paintings exude her passion for the land, her knowledge of its natural patterns, and her spiritual affinity to her ancestors. She employs a distinctive technique of loosely executed dots in linear patterns, evoking an aerial view of her country’s natural beauty. Her artwork pays homage to her family and the generations of Aboriginal people who lived on the land before her.
Jade’s dedication to promoting Aboriginal art and culture has earned her a spot among the Game Changers of 2018 by Vogue Australia, sharing the limelight with prominent entertainers such as Emma Watson and Margot Robbie. Through her art, she emphasises the importance of preserving and celebrating cultural heritage, continuously inspiring others to pursue the same path. In recognition of her artistic and community contributions, Jade was a finalist in InDaily’s ’40 under 40′ awards in 2021.
Apart from her creative endeavours, Jade has made significant contributions to her community and state. Her recent appointment as a board member of Brand SA is a testament to her unwavering commitment to promoting culture and art worldwide. As the director of Pwerle Aboriginal Art Gallery, she has continually contributed to her community by promoting Aboriginal art and culture, firmly establishing herself as an invaluable addition to the Australian art scene.
2020 Pwerle Gallery x Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute‘Atnwengerrp – Our Apmere, Our Place’ in celebration of Tandanya’s 30th year anniversary, Adelaide.
2018 Pwerle Gallery ‘Utopia exhibition of four generations’, Adelaide.