About The Artist
Katherine Marshall Nakamarra
Language Group: Pintupi
Born: Around 1968
Area: Papunya, NT
In 1986 Katherine commenced her painting career under the guidance of family which include a number of renowned artists with both parents being at the forefront, namely Walangkura Napanangka and Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula.
All of these family members have had an influence on Katherine’s career but the biggest influence came from her mother Walangkura. Similarities are evident between Katherine’s style and the bold style of other Papunya Tula artists especially that of her mother.
Distinctive colours and thick dotting are utilised to convey the traditional sacred women sites surrounding the Kintore region.
The concentric circles visible in her paintings relate to important ceremonial sites for both herself and her ancestors with the connecting lines between the circles refer to the ancient travelling trail that leads to these sites.