Karen Mills

Karen Mills was born in Katherine, Northern Territory, in 1960, and grew up in South Australia. After leaving home Mills returned to the Northern Territory to reconnect with family and her Indigenous cultural heritage. She lives and works in Darwin.


Mills’ paintings explore concepts about identity, connection and disconnection with culture, geology and Australian history. Mills’ uses a range of paint media including natural ochre and dry pigment, to create layered, textured surfaces to depict experiences and memories; of being in di erent places, journeys across country and observation of the landscape. Mills is a descendant of the Balanggarra people of the Oombulgurri and Forrest River Aboriginal Reserves, near Wyndham, Western Australia. The history and landscape of the East Kimberley is a signi cant in uence on her work.


Her work has been featured in exhibitions nationally and internationally, and is held in private collections around the world. More recently, it was included in Tarnanthi - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (2015), held at the Art Gallery of South Australia, SA.