Kathy is a Western Aranda woman, born in Ntaria (at the Hermannsburg mission), and now living in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). When Kathy was a child, growing up, she used to look at her father Clifford Inkamala, a successful watercolour artist, paint landscape watercolours. Kathy’s mother was a craftswoman. She sawed, used crochets, and created placemats from native bean seeds for decoration. Kathy decided when she was younger that she would like to continue this artistic tradition.
Today, Kathy is inspired by native bush flowers and bush tucker in the Northern Territory area. In 2017 Kathy obtained a certificate 4 in visual art from the Batchelor institute and the following year she was the recipient of the NATSIAA award for Works on Paper.
Kathy’s grandmother is Albert Namatjira’s sister, and Dellina Inkamala, who also paints at Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre is Kathy’s niece.
Kathy says about herself: I am eager to learn new skills as a watercolourists and continue this process whenever I can. When I complete a watercolour painting I feel very proud about my work. The country I paint is important to me because it’s my father’s country.
The country I paint is important to me because it’s my father’s country.’ – Kathy Inkamala
2019 Lumen Prints Workshop with AGNSW, Sydney, NSW
2019 Cicada press etching workshop, Sydney, NSW
2023 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre
2023 Belonging / Tjoritjarinja, Ngununggula Regional Gallery Southern Highlands, Bowral NSW
2023 Art house Sydney
2022 Kuprilya Kwatja Etatha, Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Arts, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2022 23rd Biennale of Sydney - Rivus, 12 March - 13 June 2022
2021 30th Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2021 Arrkurla nakala kurunga lyaata-ntama (Before and Now), South Australian Museum, Adelaide SA
2020 Homeless on my Homeland, NIRIN 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
2019 Tjina Nurna-ka, Pmarra Nurn-kanha, Itla Itla Nurn-kanha (Our family, our country, our legacy), Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA
2019 Pmarra Nurna-Kananhala untha-lapp-urma (Walking through country), Hazelhurst Art centre, Sydney, NSW.
2018 Vivien Anderson Gallery, VIC
2016 Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2016 Abducted!, Alcaston Gallery, VIC
- 2018 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
- 2019 Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Sydney, NSW
- 2016 National Museum of Australia (NMA), Canberra, ACT
- 2016 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, VIC
- 2016 UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD
- 2019 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
- 2018 Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD
- 2020 Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD
- 2022 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
- 2018 Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), SA
- 2023 Powerhouse Museum Sydney NSW
2018 35th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum Art Gallery NT. Winner, Works On Paper