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Artist Profile

M. Skeen

Born
c. 1940 - 1997

Skin
Nampitjin

Language
Kukatja

Biography

Millie was born in her grandparents’ country, some 300 kilometres south of Balgo. She travelled to the Balgo area as a young girl with her sister, Rita Kuninyi, and Rita’s husband, Albert Nagomarra, both of whom were important Balgo artists. Millie later married Tommy Skeen Tjakamarra, a gentle Ngardi man who is one of the bosses for the country to the immediate south of Balgo. Millie began painting in 1986, and her paintings have a celebratory air. In 1989, Millie danced at the Shinju Matsuri Festival in Perth.