Artists / Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi was born in Haasts Bluff circa 1948 and is a Luritja and Warlpiri speaker.   She grew up in country until the 1960’s when she moved with her family to the community of Papunya.  Lily began painting in 1986 and worked closely with Papunya Tula Artists for several years. Lily now works closely with Watiyawanu Artists of Yamunturrngu after having moved to Mt Leibig.

Lily won the Northern Territory Art Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Paintings (also known as the Telstra Award) in 1986 which was also her first year as an artist. In 2006 she was named as one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists by the Australia Art Collector Magazine which further cemented her as one of Australia’s most sought after and collectable Aboriginal artists.

The Australian Indigenous Art Market has Lily rated in the top 100 (77th) most collectable Aboriginal artist of all time.

Today, Lily is a highly respected senior law woman in her community and the custodian of many Women’s Dreaming stories associated with her traditional country around Kunajarrayi (Mount Nicker). Her most commonly rendered dreaming is titled Tali (Sand Hills) and depicts on her country around Mount Liebig. Her works are almost always painted using white fine dots over a black background and feature a strong three dimensional quality and a beautiful rhythm.

 Today, Lily’s paintings are recognised as some of the most innovative in the contemporary Aboriginal art scene.


Tali - Sandhills 2016 by Lily Kelly Napangardi

Tali - Sandhills

Acrylic on Linen. Stretch Framed

122 x 180 cm


Tali (Sandhills) 2015 by Lily Kelly Napangardi

Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen

90 x 150 cm


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