Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula was born into the Pintupi Tribe in 1945 at Haasts Bluff. Mitjili sadly passed away 6th April 2019 She is the daughter of Tjunkiya Napaltjarri (deceased), a respected artist from Kintore. Her brother was celebrated artist Turkey Tolson (deceased). She is married to respected and popular artist Long Tom Tjapanangka.

Mitjili’s father’s country is Uwalki, and her mother, who drew images in the sand of Uwalki, taught her fathers Tjukurrpa.

In 1993 Mitjili started painting for Ikuntji Women’s Centre.  She has since developed her own bold style, a simplified design in striking colours, and has become known for the strength of patterning in the formal arrangements of her work.

Highest Price at Auction in Australia, $26,400, Uwalki: Watiya Tjuta, 2004 Synthetic polymer on linen, 182 x 300 cm, Est: $25,000-30,000 Lawson Menzies Sydney 22/11/2006, Lot No. 52


1997, finalist 14th Telstra NATSIAA
1999 Alice Prize (Central Australian Art Award), Alice Springs

Selected Exhibitions:

1993, 1994, 1996, 1998 Australian Heritage Art Award, Canberra
1994, 1997, 1998, 1999 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1994 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1994 Hotel Shangri-la and Australian High Commision, Singapore1994 Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney
1994, 1998 Adelaide Fringe Festival
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin
1995 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
1995, 1997, 1999 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
1996 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide
1996 “The Meeting Place” – touring exhibition, Australia
1996, 1998, 2000 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 Aboriginal Art Galerie Bahr, Speyer, Germany
1997 Goteborgs Konstforening, Goteborg, Sweden
1997 Arnhem Land, The Netherlands
1997 Alliance Francaise, Canberra
1998 Art Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1998 Spazio Pitti Arte Florence, Italy
1998 Framed Gallery, Darwin
1998 Gallerie Dusseldorf, Perth
1998 Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
1998 Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
1998 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1999 Flinders Art Museum Flinders University, Adelaide
1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, U.S.A.
2000 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2001 Galerie Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Denmark

Selected Collections:

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

More of Mitjili’s Larger Artworks Available Inquiries Welcome