Katjarra’s Country

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 to her work. Butler combines traditional symbols in a highly contemporary rendering of Ngaanyatjarra stories, culture, and landscape. She paints at Tjarlirli Arts situated at Tjukurla in the “tali” (sandhill) country on the edge of Lake Hopkins, between Warakurna in WA and Kintore (Walungurru) in the NT.

Katjarra lived with her family and later with her husband in the country to the west of Tjukurla in the Kulkurta area which is south of the Baron Range in Western Australia. She lived a traditional nomadic lifestyle, travelling on foot with her family on their country, living off the animals that they hunted and bush food that they collected. Their water sourced from the rockholes, soakages, springs and claypans (waterholes).

After her husband - Papunya Tula founder Anatjari Tjakamarra - passed away, Katjarra began painting in the 1990s and has since been celebrated with many awards nominations, including her win of the major award for the Wyndham Prize in 2016.


National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of Western Australia

AWARDS (selected)

2021 - Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Finalist
2021 - Wynne Prize (Art Gallery of NSW), Finalist
2018 - Alice Art Prize, Finalist
2018 - Port Hedland Art Prize, Finalist
2018 - Albany Art Prize, Finalist
2017 - Port Hedland Art Award, Finalist
2016 - Wyndham Art Prize, Winner