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An image of Sandhills by Lilly Kelly Napangardi

Lilly Kelly Napangardi

(Australia 1948 – )

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region , Luritja, Central Desert region
Place of origin
Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff)Northern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas

180.0 x 180.0 cm stretcher

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2003
Accession number
© Lilly Kelly Napangardi.licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Not on display
Further information

Born at Haasts Bluff in 1948, Lilly has country in the Haasts Bluff area. She is also associated with the Women's Dreaming at Kunajarrayi. She came to the newly established settlement at Papunya in the early 1960s as a young girl and remained in the settlement for many years before moving to Mount Leibig, where she now resides with her husband, Norman Kelly, also a painter. They have three children and five grandchildren. A Luritja speaker, she painted for Papunya Tula Artists since the mid- 1980s and her work is included in the Araluen Trust's collection of western desert paintings. In 1986 she won the Northern Territory Art Award.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003

Bibliography (5)

Edmund Capon, Art Gallery of New South Wales: highlights from the collection, Sydney, 2008, 46, 47 (colour illus.).

Alison Harper, Art and Australia (Vol. 41, No. 4), 'Aboriginal art: aquisitions by Australia's public museums and galleries', pg. 612-614, Paddington, Jun 2004-Aug 2004, 613.

Christine Nicholls, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘Painting with passion and purpose: Yuendumu, Lajamanu, Willowra, Nyirrpi and Ikuntji’, pg. 195-201, Sydney, 2007, 199 (colour illus.).

Alicia Parlby, Look, 'Gruner lives! Old works a hit with young viewers', pg. 12, Newtown, Dec 2003-Jan 2004, 12.

Hetti Perkins., Contemporary Aboriginal art: The Mollie Gowing acquisition fund, 'Gifted Contemporary Aboriginal Art: The Mollie Gowing acquisition fund', Sydney, 2006, (colour illus.). not paginated

Exhibition history (2)

Lilly Kelly Napangardi: recent works from Mt. Liebig, Neil Murphy Australian Indigenous Art, Darlinghurst, Nov 2002–15 Jan 2003

Living Black (2007-08), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Dec 2007–12 Nov 2008