Eileen Napaltjarri was born in the Haasts Bluff community in 1956. Her father Charlie Tararu Tjunurrayi was one of the founding members of Papunya Tula Artists. Her mother Tatali Nangala is a very successful Papunya artist. Eileen Napaltjarri grew up in Haasts Bluff, but moved to Kintore with her family, once the outstation there has been established.
The main site that Eileen refers to in her painting is Tjiturrulnga, which is slightly west of Kintore and also the birthplace of her father. Eileen was immensely influenced by the paintings of both her parents and often watched them as they painted. In 1999 she began to paint regularly for Papunya Tula Artists. She has been named as a top 50 Australian Collectible Artist 2008.
Recently she was a part of a papunya Tula exhibition in Rome, Italy.
2005 – Winner of the Redlands Wespac Art Prize in the Emerging Artist section.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2005 – Eileen Napaltjarri – Lines, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney.
2007 – Big Paintings from Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
2007 – Papunya Tula Artists 2007, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2006 – Papunya Tula Artists – across the board, Utopia Arts Sydney, Sydney
2006 – PTA – Papunya Tula Artists
2006 – Utopia Arts Sydney, Sydney
2006 – The Togart Contemporary Art Exhibition
2006 – Parliament House, Darwin, NT
2005 – Papunya Tula Artists – new work for a new space, Utopia Art Sydney
2005 – Rising Stars Papunya, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne