• 23. Bush Flawa
  • 23. Bush Flawa
  • 23. Bush Flawa
  • 23. Bush Flawa
  • 23. Bush Flawa

Karen Rogers

23. Bush Flawa

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 “I’d never seen my grandmother paint, but that was the mysterious thing...I knew she did baskets, she showed me how to do that, but I couldn’t stand hanging the pandanas out, so I gave up. I bought my own equipment. I started drawing and painting watercolour and acrylic painting, and it was how my grandmother used to paint. When I went to the Bachelor Institute to study, I went to the computer and typed my grandmother’s name, saw her artwork there. I couldn’t believe it! The first painting I did was flowers with stems. Well my grandma, she did flowers too.” ~ KAREN ROGERS

  • Acrylic paint on canvas, stretched and framed 
  • 24cm x 30cm (artwork only)
  • Cat No: 36-23

My name is Karen Rogers and I’m from Ngukurr Community (in the Roper Gulf region of the Northern Territory) . My tribe is Ngalakgan and I speak Kriol at home. I’ve lived in Ngukurr almost all my life. I am an artist and printer at Ngukurr Arts. My grandmother and her sisters were artists, and they inspired me to become an artist too.

“Ai leigi trai difrendifren atwek laik glas wek en dijitul disain. Main feibrit im dat lainoprint, febrik print en peinting. Ai bin dum pitja buk gada Kriol en Inggilish, im kol Main Abija. Im stori bla main memris gada main abija.”

“I like to challenge myself with all kinds of different art styles, like glasswork and digital design. My favourite styles are painting, lino printing and screen printing. I have written a picture book in Kriol and English called Main Abija, which is a story about my memories of my grandfather.” ~ Karen Rogers 


Ngukurr Art Centre sits a stone’s throw from the banks of the Roper River in Ngukurr, South East Arnhem Land. The Art Centre, like the town of Ngukurr, is unique – bringing together people of many different clans and language groups including Ngalakgan, Alawa, Mangarrayi, Ngandi, Marra, Warndarrang, Nunggubuyu, Ritharrngu-Wägilak and Rembarrnga. Together these clans are known as Yugul Mangi.

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