Kim Butler Napurrula (1971 – 2016)
Kim Butler Napurrula est née en mars 1971 à Papunya dans le désert central d’Australie. Elle est décédée en 2019. Elle était la fille du très acclamé peintre Anatjari Tjakamarra qui devint une personne très importante pour le mouvement d’art australien initié par Geoffrey Bardon à Papunya dans les années 1970. Il fut également l’un des actionnaires Papunya Tula lorsque la société fut formée à la fin des années 1972. Anatjari Tjakamarra faisait partie d’un groupe familial qui furent parmi les dernières personnes à quitter le désert. Ils commencèrent à marcher vers Papunya en 1966.
Art australien – Peintre aborigène
Language Group: Pintupi/ Ngaatjatjarra
Family History: Kim was the daughter of acclaimed artist Anatjari Tjakamarra, who became part of the original group of painting men that formed around Geoffrey Bardon at Papunya in 1971. He was also one of the original Papunya Tula shareholders when the company formed at the end of 1972. Anatjari Tjakamarra was one of a family group who were some of the last people out of the desert. They began walking into Papunya in 1966.
Kim was also the daughter of Katarra Napaltjarri, Katarra was the second wife of Anatjari Tjakamarra, her older sister being his first wife, Nguya. Katarra was born in Tjukurla, Western Australia and she was transported to Papunya by truck in 1966. Katarra names Maki, Kim and Jason as her children, although it is believed that they were born to Nguya, her sister. Katarra has been painting alongside acclaimed artists such as Ningura Napurrula in Kintore since 2001.
Kim has been painting for a number of years in Alice Springs, her work going from strength to strength. Kim is now an in demand artist and has a talent for producing finely executed works which are constantly evolving in the designs she produces.
Country: Tjukurla, W.A. Kiwirrkurra, W.A.
Dreamings: Kim’s dreaming’s have been passed down to her from both her Father and Mothers sides, she often paints bush tucker and water dreaming stories from her Mother’s country around Tjukurla in W.A. which is close to the South Australia border. She also paints designs associated with her father’s country which is around Lake MacKay which close to Kiwirrkurra approximately 350km North West of Tjukurla.