Katjarra Butler Tjukurla Western Australia, Australia, b. 1946
Katjarra Butler is renowned for her wide luscious brush strokes and innovative style. Her artistic process, often involving the application of numerous layers of paint, builds a fullness and depth distinctive in her work. Butler combines traditional symbols in a highly contemporary rendering of Ngaanyatjarra stories, culture, and landscape.
Butler grew up in the bush with her extended family group. It was in 1966 that they were transported by truck to the settlement of Papunya. Her parents are Iilyiwara Tjungurrayi and Mangkatji Nangala. She often paints dreamings of the site Kuurrmankutja and Marrapirnti. Katjarra was the second wife to Anatjari Tjakamarra, one of the founding painters at Papunya. Her older sister Nguya was Anatjari’s first wife.
Butler was born near Tjukurla in Western Australia, quite close to Kurlkurta and Puurrungu at a place called Kuun, where there is a waterhole. Kuun is the name for yellow ochre. There is also a place very close to Kuun that Katjarra refers to as her home, and is one of her “Tjukurpa” or Dreaming, which she paints. It is called Kuurrmankutja. This place is home to the two Kuniya (python) Dreaming. The other Dreaming that she paints is Marrapinti.
Her paintings depict “Tali’ sandhills’’,”Puli” rocks & “Kungka” women painting up & preparing for a ceremony. Many of her works include “Kampurrarpa” or bush raisin which is collected. Her work has a rawness to it, evoking the true feel of a desert sand mosaic.
Tjarlirli Rocks2 Jun - 3 Jul 2021An exhibition of major paintings by Australian Aboriginal artists from the Western Desert
MERRY-GO-ROUND12 Nov 2020 - 20 Feb 2021A exhibition of British and International painting, sculpture and ceramics
Adazzle11 Dec 2019 - 1 Feb 2020The London exhibition presents British and International paintings and sculpture
Bob Gibson Tjungarrayi & Central Desert Artists26 Oct - 17 Nov 2017Aboriginal Australian paintings from the Central Deserts: Watson Corby, Bob Gibson, Doris Bush Nungarrayi, Beyula Putungka Napanangka, Maureen Poulson Napangardi, Kitty Napanangka Simon