Kenneth Entata painted to convey visually something of his deep love of country and, in a gentle message, to awaken empathy for traditional life as he experienced it. He seemed to invite visits to the country he portrayed, while consciously encouraging viewers to be sensitive in their thinking and approaches into country.
He was a fine painter, as demonstrated in the small number of paintings collected by the author. He was an interesting painter but he was not prolific. Kenneth Entata clarified the ideals of the Hermannsburg School. His paintings suggest that he was thoughtful about the condition of life of the Arrernte people and that he was sensitive to tradition (both Arrernte and Christian), such as the importance of choosing the ‘right way’ for visitors to approach and live in this totemic country. He helped consolidate the watercolour movement both as an artist and as a leader in cross cultural relations.
The artist was born at Hermannsburg. He was the son of Rolf and Millicent Entata. The Entata family were Eastern Arrernte who lived on the Roulbmaulbma estate as guests of the Ebatarinja group.  Kenneth Entata became an evangelist. 
His sister Irene Mbitjana Entata became a prominent Hermannsburg potter in the 1990s. Kenneth Entata started to paint seriously in 1949. Kenneth painted from around 1949 to around 1970–75 on occasions when he ‘gave voice’ to his sentiments.