Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi

  • Biography

    Napangardi was born c.1948 in the Haasts Bluff region of the Northern Territory of Australia. In her earlier years, Napangardi lived with her family at Papunya, but later moved to Mount Liebig, 325 km west of Alice Springs and known as Watiyawanu. She is a respected senior law woman in Watiyawanu, and the custodian of the stories associated with Kunajarrayi.

    Lily Kelly Napangardi began painting in the early 1980s. In 1986 she won the Northern Territory Art Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Painting and in 2003 she was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA). In January 2006, The Australian Art Collector magazine included Napangardi in its Australia's 50 most collectable artists list.

    Subject

    Napangardi's paintings are of her country, especially of the sandhills (Tali) around Watiyawanu. She uses white and sometimes red, blue, or yellow dots on a black or red background. She uses veils of fine dots applied with fine bamboo skewer tips to achieve her representation of the shifting sand in the desert. Her minimalist style has gained the attention of many private collectors and her work is included in many of the the larger public galleries.

    Collections

     Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and in the collections of The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, CA, USA, The Kerry Stokes Collection, Australia, Thomas Vroom Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Corrigan Collection, Sydney, Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice Art Bank, Sydney, Holmes A Court Collection, Perth, James Erskine Art Collection, Sydney and Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art.

  • Awards

    2006 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
    2003 20th NATSIAA, Darwin - Winner
    2003 Desert Mob, Alice Springs - Finalist
    2002 Desert Mob, Alice Springs - Finalist
    2002 19th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
    2001 Desert Mob, Alice Springs - Finalist
    1999 Desert Mob, Alice Springs - Finalist
    1986 Northern Territory Art Award - Winner

Showing all 7 artworks

Lily Kelly Napangardi

Untitled - Tali (Sandhills) near Mt Leibig, 2011
120 x 126cm Acrylic on Linen $5,500.00

Lily Kelly Napangardi

Untitled - Tali (Sandhills) near Mt Leibig, 2011
206 x 153cm Acrylic on Linen $13,200.00

Lily Kelly Napangardi

Untitled - Tali (Sandhills) near Mt Leibig, 2011
121 x 200cm Acrylic on Linen $9,900.00

Lily Kelly Napangardi

Untitled - Tali (Sandhills) near Mt Leibig, 2011
118 x 200cm Acrylic on Linen $9,900.00

Lily Kelly Napangardi

Untitled - Tali (Sandhills) near Mt Leibig, 2011
200 x 120cm Acrylic on Linen $9,900.00

Lily Kelly Napangardi

Untitled - Tali (Sandhills) near Mt Leibig, 2011
120 x 125cm Acrylic on Linen $5,500.00

Lily Kelly Napangardi

Untitled - Tali (Sandhills) near Mt Leibig, 2011
182 x 121cm Acrylic on Linen $8,800.00