Napaljarri Barnes was born in Lajamanu, a remote Aboriginal community in
semi-arid country on the edge of the Tanami Desert She moved to Yuendumu, 700km south, after
finishing school in Lajamanu, to be with her family. She has been painting with
Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, since 2001. She is the grand-daughter of famous
artist Judy Napangardi Watson and they would sit together painting at the Art
Centre every day when Karen first started painting. Karen paints the dreaming
stories handed down to her by her family for generations of millenia, stories
which come from Mina Mina, country west of Yuendumu of which her family are the
loves sport, especially basketball and softball, and is an avid football
spectator, barracking for Lajamanu.
I was born in Darwin. My mum is from Yuendumu and my father is from Lajamanu. I went to school in both places. I finished school when I was 11 years.
My grandmother is Judy Napangardi Watson and I went to the art centre to watch her painting. The art centre gave me some canvas and paint and I was able to sit and paint together with my grandmother. My grandmother Judy was famous for using very bright colours. I was very close to my grandmother. We were best friends and I went everywhere she went.
At first I started to paint traditional way using dots but later I was encouraged to experiment and try new things and I started to paint in a more realistic way. I still painted the same stories but more in white man style. My grandmother was very happy that so many people liked my paintings.
I paint local birds and also other animals. I want to paint more birds, big ones and little ones with a bush. I want to tell my story.
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