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
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas
180.0 x 180.0 cm
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2003
© Lilly Kelly Napangardi.licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Shown in 1 exhibition
Lilly Kelly Napangardi: recent works from Mt. Liebig, Neil Murphy Australian Indigenous Art, Darlinghurst, Nov 2002–15 Jan 2003