Lilly Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangati, born 1948, (Warlpiri/Luritja Tribe)
from Haasts Bluff, began painting in the early 1980’s for Papunya Tula. She depicts the stories from the Haasts Bluff & Kunajarrayi area & now paints very innovative interpretations of her traditional country for Watiyawanu Artists of Yamunturrngu.
She is one of the senior Law Women in the Watiyawanu community (325km N-W of Alice Springs) and holds authority over the Women’s Dreaming story associated with Kunajarrayi (Mt Nicker).
She is married to celebrated artist Norman Kelly Tjampitjinpa.

Winner of the 1986 Northern Territory Art Award. Lily’s increasingly high profile as a major artist was accepted into the prestigious Telstra Award 2003 & other major exhibitions. New South Wales & Victorian Art Galleries hold her work. Awarded one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists for 2006 by the prestigious Australian Art Collector magazine (Issue 35, Jan – Mar 2006).
Two of her major works were recently exhibited at the Yiribana Gallery at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Queensland Art Gallery acquired and showcased her work in 2005 at the “New Acquisitions: Indigenous Australian Art” exhibition.
Her work is represented in the prestigious Kelton Foundation Collection, Santa Monica, U.S.A., and her paintings will be showcased in Europe this year.
Selected Exhibitions: 2000 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs; 2003 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne. A highly collectable artist.