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Kim Butler Napurrula / Women’s Dreaming (20A)


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30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Linen

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Kim was born in the Western Desert area of Kiwikurra, Western Australia c. 1961 and moved with her family to Town Bore Creek in 1962, which was established for the Pintupi people. The camp was between Papunya and Mount Leibig, Northern Territory in 1962.  The welfare patrols that were sent from Darwin under the leadership of Jeremy Long, found Kims family, living the traditional, nomadic lifestyle in the desert with hundreds of other Pintupi nomads at this time.
Her father was Freddy West Tjakamarra, one of the original painters at Papunya in 1972.  Kims half brother is Bobby West, now the head man at Kintore.  The family moved to the new settlement of Kintore (Walanguru) in 1982.  Her father was the main person in opening this settlement.
Kim began seriously painting at Kintore in 1997, after observing the other Pintupi senior women, such as Kayi Kayi Nampitjinpa, Nancy Ross, Nanyuma Napangati, Makinti and Naata Nungurrayi.
Kim’s artworks are now being sought by Galleries and private collectors throughout Australia.

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Kim’s artwork is associated with Women’s Ceremony and Law (Tingari cycle). She paints traditional designs depicting sacred women’s sites and women performing sacred women’s ceremonies in the rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, to the west of the Pollock Hills in WA. In the dreamtime, a large group of senior women camped at this rockhole making the nose bones which are worn on ceremonial occasions. The Women later travelled east gathering edible Berries known as Kampuraarpa (Desert Raisin).