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.
His name comes from both his reputation as a stockman and his fancy dress. Cowboy has two wives, sisters, Elizabeth and Carol Kunoth. 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”.
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 “Nangara” collection.