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Cuppa tea with Derrick Butt

Submitted by author on Fri, 08/05/2022 - 20:27
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Martumili Artist Derrick Butt is fast developing a reputation for the dramatic, bold representations of his ancestral Country, Kulyakartu, where shimmering undulations combine with pinpricked constellations of colour. Somehow, his paintings convey not only the topographic geological forms, water bodies, and flora of the region, but also the very life essence that lies beneath the land. 

While Butt has practiced art from a young age, for many years he had the sense that something was missing. Over a cuppa, we chat about how his passion for painting has been reignited by the concurrent discovery and experience of Kulyakartu, his grandmother’s Country, and by the forging of his own unique style.