Tali – Sandhills, Lily Kelly Napangardi


2010- Painting, Western Desert


Product Description

Born in Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory, Lily Kelly Napangardi moved to the Papunya settlement in the 1960’s. While at Papunya Lily Kelly Napangardi commenced her career in painting in the 1980’s with the Papunya Tula Artists. Lily and her husband, Norman Kelly, also an artist, returned to live at Mount Liebig in the mid-1980’s. In 1986 she won the Northern Territory Art Award. Lily is one of the senior Law women within her community and teaches the younger women of the community dances and traditional songs.

In January 2006 Lily Kelly was listed as one of Australia’s top 50 most collectable artists by the Australian Art Collector magazine.

Her images depict stories of wind sweeping sandhills, wind and rain from the Haasts Bluff and Kunajarrayi area, with which her dreaming is associated. The very fine dot work in her paintings represents the moving properties of the sand in the desert. the stak contrast between the black background and the veil of white dots gives the work an almost three dimensional feel.


Selected Collection

National Gallery of Queensland Brisbane
The Kerry Stokes Collection, Australia
National Gallery of Australia Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales – Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia – Adelaide
National Gallery of Victoria – Melbourne
Holmes A Court Collection Perth
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Darwin
Art bank Sydney; The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
Thomas Vroom Collection, Amsterdam
James Erskine Collection
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2003
Thomas Vroom Collection, Amsterdam


1986       Winner of the Northern Territory Art Award

1987       Finalist  NATSIAA (Telstra Award)


Additional Information

Weight 15 kg
Dimensions 126 x 128 x 5 cm
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Rolled, Stretched/Framed


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