Lilly Kelly Napangardi

Born in 1948 - Australia


Lilly Kelly Napangardi is a senior law woman of the Watiyawanu community, north-west of Alice Springs in Central Australia. Lily won the Northern Territory Art Award in 1986, and the General Painting Category at the 20th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2003.

Depicting the Haasts Bluff and Mt Liebig regions - the traditional country of the artists and her Waitiyawanu community - her paintings hypnotise the viewer whilst immersing them in the beauty and subtle intricacies of her land. Lines and dots on the painted surface draw the viewer into deciphering these landscapes through the most subtle gestural shift.

Lilly has modified her pictorial style. With fine lines, she creates two-color paintings (one for the background and another one for the lines and points). She paints the dunes of the Kintore and the Conniston, the wind and the desert after the rain.

In 2006 Lilly Kelly Napangardi was selected on of the "50 most collectable Australian artists".

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Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, Quai Branly, Paris, France
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
Gallery Anthony Curtis, Cambridge, MA, USA
The Thomas Vroom Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
The Kerry Stokes Collection, Australia
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, Australia
Artbank, Sydney, Australia


1986, Winner of the Northern Territory Art Award
2000, Winner Northern Territory Art Award
2003, Finalist Telstra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2006, Voted 50 Most Collectable Australian Art Collector

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