Karen Mills is an Indigenous visual artist living in Darwin, Northern Territory.
Adopted as a young baby, Karen grew up in South Australia. She returned to the Northern Territory in 1983, to seek out her Aboriginal birth mother, and learn about her Indigenous cultural heritage. Mills began developing her career as a visual artist later in life after raising a family of her own.
Most recently Mills has been researching her family history and connections to country in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. In 2013 Karen undertook a bush trip, assisted by Waringarri Arts, WA in which the artist accompanied Kittey Malarvie to visit her country at Sturt Creek Station.
In 2014 Alcaston Gallery was thrilled to present new paintings by Karen Mills in her solo exhibition The Alluvial Plain.
Karen Mills' artwork has been featured in exhibitions nationally and internationally, and is held in private collections around the world. In 2015 Mills’ work was curated into the inaugural and highly successful Tarnanthi - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, curated by Nici Cumpston and held at the Art Gallery of South Australia, SA. Mills has participated in major group exhibitions including ArtMart Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, NT, and Cérémonie Aborigéne: Art Aborigéne Contemporain, Antibes, France.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011Texere – To Weave, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2012Karen Mills: Woven in 2D, Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
2014The Alluvial Plain, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 Kittey Malarvie & Karen Mills, Cross Art Projects, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2014 Salon des Refuses, Outstation, Northern Territory, Australia
2015 Tarnanthi - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2015 Cérémonie Aborigéne: Art Aborigéne Contemporain, la collection Antiboise de Marc Sordello & Francis Missana, Médiatheque Albert Camus, Antibes, France