Cowboy Loy Pwerl

c.1941 - Present


'''COWBOY LOY PWERL c.1941'''

Region: North Eastern Central Australia

Residence: Atneltyeye, Utopia

Language: Eastern Anmatyerr

Cowboy was born at the sheep camp on Old McDonald station in the north east of Central Australia. He is an Eastern Anmatyerr speaker whose traditional country lies on the western side of the Sandover River on Utopia station, stretching west onto Mt Skinner station.

He is the younger brother of Louie Pwerl (now deceased), and custodian of a secondary series of Dreaming sites over the same area, the great variety of which can be seen in his paintings. He often depicts the nesting place of the Bush Turkey.
The name 'Cowboy' comes from his reputation as a stockman and his 'flashy' dressing. Cowboy changed his name from William to reflect this.

Cowboy is married to Carol Kngwarrey and Elizabeth Kunoth Kngawarrey, both daughters of Nancy Petyarr, and he lives most of the time at Mosquito Bore (Atneltyeye) but also spends time at Boundary Bore on the western boundary of Utopia land and Soakage Bore (Atnarare), south-east of Lytntye. Cowboy's daughter, Genevieve Loy, is also a painter.



Blake Prize, The Blake Society, National Art School Gallery, Sydney


''Impulse to Paint: The Artists of Iylenty, Utopia'', Lauraine Diggins Fine Art

Albany Art Prize, Albany

Moscow World Fine Art Fair, Manege, Moscow, Russia

''Annual Collectors' Exhibition 2008'', Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

Sydney Art & Antiques Fair 2008, Sydney


''Visions of Utopia'', Cooee Aboriginal Art, Sydney

''Memory As Landscape'', Masterpiece @ IXL, Hobart

''Utopia Today'', Lauraine Diggins Fine Art

ArtParis 2007, Grand Palais, Paris

Achievements, Collections & Commissions


Blake Prize 2009, Finalist

Albany Art Prize 2008, Finalist


Art Gallery of South Australia

Benalla Art Gallery

Museum of Victoria

National Gallery of Victoria

Stichting Sint-Jan, Brugge, Netherlands

The Casama Group, Melbourne

Private collections in Australia and France


''Annual Collectors' Exhibition'' (exhibition catalogue), Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Malakoff Fine Art Press, Melbourne, 2008

Barilo, von Reisberg, ''Impulse to Paint: The Artists of Iylenty, Utopia'', Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, 2008

Johnson, V., ''Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert'', Craftsman House, 1994, p.80