Karen lives in the Ngukurr region, on the South-East Arnhem Land border. She paints mostly her Mother and Grandmother’s totem and country. She loves what she sees and eats from her motherland and depicts these beautifully in her artwork. As well as painting, she also prints on textiles and fabric as well as plant dying silk using plants from her homeland. Her work is becoming increasingly recognized and celebrated and resides in the Batchelor Institute and Charles Darwin University Collections. She is a Batchelor Grandaunt, completing her cert 3 in Art in 2013, and she is currently doing her cert 4 in Art. When she isn’t studying she works as an artist at the Ngukurr Art Centre.
Michelle is younger sister to Lily Lion Kngwarreye who is represented in both batik and painting collections. Michelle, though younger, paints with the same refined style and her subject matter relates to her countries Ngkwarlerlanem and Arnkawenyerr. Her works have been featured in several group exhibitions since 1977, including shows at Utopia Art, Sydney; the Orange Regional Gallery; the Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA; the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, and the Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs. Find out more at
Daughter of artists Paddy and Eileen Bird of Utopia, and granddaughter of renowned artist Ada Bird Petyarre, Tanya grew up surrounded by the habitual routine of painting and first began painting herself as an early teenager. Ada, who passed away in 2009, was a strong influence in this; Tanya was very close to her grandmother. In 2010, Tanya began using black, grey and white designs to depict her subjects. Find out more: