For over twenty five years Lempert has been painting pictures bicycles from observation, often borrowing bikes from friends, colleagues or for a commission.
She has painted notable cyclists over the years including Connie Carpenter’s 1984 Olympic win road bike, Jaquie Phelan’s Championship winning Cunningham, Andy Hampsten’s 1988 Giro winning Land Shark and Greg LeMond’s 1990 Tour de France winning LeMond road bike. Lempert’s work excites both the cycling and art communities alike and has been exhibited in galleries and alternative spaces worldwide. Including Apex Art – NY, Elk Gallery – Brooklyn, the City Reliquary – Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Greenway Alliance, Fishes Eddy NYC, Collier West Brooklyn, M. Chase Space – NYC, and Guari Collections – Boston, In addition to her painting, Lempert uses her original cycling imagery to license and self publish an array of other items such as limited edition prints, calendars, jigsaw puzzles, postcards, coloring books and more. In 2005 she began selling her work at street fairs and flea markets in NYC, including the Brooklyn Flea where she is a regular vendor. Over the years she has worked with such clients as The NYC DOT Urban Arts Program, The Museum of Modern Art Design Store, Paul Smith, Blue Stockings, Legami, Heye and Taking the Lane.
Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Atnwengerrp, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Awelye (Women’s Ceremony), Akarley (Wild Orange)
On a bush trip out to Utopia in November 2004, canvas was given out to many regular artists at a sorry camp near Clinic camp, in the Utopia Region of Central Australia. Some of these artists included Mary Morton, Queenie Morton, Old Billy Morton and Katie Kemarre. Lizzie Pwerle was sitting under a humpy with family and ever so quietly asked for some canvas too. At this time, she was believed to be in her 60’s and decided to give painting a go for the first time.
Mary Morton kindly helped Lizzie to answer some questions for a profile. We were told that a man by the name of Billy is her father, Queenie is her Aunty and Minnie Pwerle is her older sister. (They share the same father but have a different mother). Minnie (deceased) is a famed Aboriginal artist who began painting in her 80’s. Both Lizzie and Minnie share the same Dreamtime stories, one of which is the Akarley (Wild Orange). Lizzie paints this and Awelye (women’s ceremonial body paint design) that belongs to her country, Atnwengerrp.
The Akarley (Wild Orange) is a sweet fruit which often ripens in February. It is considered better than other wild oranges.
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT