Artist Profile

Lily Kelly Napangardi
Born :c. 1948
Location :Yamunturrngu (Mt. Liebig), Northern Territory
Tribe :Warlpiri
Skin group :Napangardi


Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi was born around 1948 in Haasts Bluff region of the Northern Territory.

She is a distinguidhed Aboriginal artist, a respected elder and senior law woman of her community.

When she was younger (1960s), Lily Kelly Napangardi and her family moved to the Papunya settlement and later in the early 1980s moved back to the Watiyawanu (Mount Liebig) with her husband Norman Kelly, where she lived most of her life.

Lily Kelly Napangardi's father taught her painting the Sand Hills of his country. Her paintings are usually done with white dots (sometimes, red or yellow) on black backgrounds, presenting a three-dimensional image of the sand hills of her land mysteriously shaped and reshaped after heavy rain storms and winds. She started painting in the early 1980.

In 1986 Lily won the prestigious Northern Territory Art Award.

In 2003 she won the General Painting category at the 20th Telestra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

In January 2006, she was named as one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists by Australian Art Collector magazine.

Major Collections:
• Musee du quai Branly, Paris
• The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica
• Gallery Anthony Curtis, Cambridge, MA USA
• The Thomas Vroom Collection, Amsterdam
• Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
• The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
• Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
• Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
• The Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
• Art Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
• Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
• The Kerry Stokes Collection
• The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
• Artbank, Sydney



     Lily Kelly Napangardi


You are welcome to visit the art gallery to view Lily Kelly Napangardi and other aboriginal artists artwork on linen/canvas, didgeridoo, boomerang, coolamon and pottery at: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia


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