Mitjilli Napurrula Biography

Mitjili Napurrula - Aboriginal Artist from Western Desert

Mitjili Napurrula

Born at Haasts Bluff, Mitjili Napurrula is the daughter of Tupa Tjakamarra (now deceased) and Tjunkiya Napaltjarri. She is married to Long Tom Tjapanangka, a very well known artist from Haasts Bluff, Mitjili commenced painting in 1993 and at first followed the style of painting of the Papunya Tula artists from papunya, she then developed her own style, a simplified design in striking colours. She lives and paints in Haasts Bluff.

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

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, Singapore 
• 1994, 1998 Adelaide Fringe Festival 
• 1994 Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney 
• 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

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

Source: Kreczmanski, Janusz B & Birnberg, Margo (eds.): Aboriginal Artists: Dictionary of Biographies: Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region (JB Publishing Australia, Marleston, 2004)



Mitjili Napurrula

Born:         1945
Region:      Haasts Bluff. Iktnuji, Northern Territory
Language: Pintupi
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