Eileen Napaljarri

DOB: c.1956
BORN: Haasts Bluff, NT

Eileen napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri was born in the Haasts Bluff community in 1956. Her father, Charlie Tararu Tjungurrayi, was one of the founding members of Papunya Tula Artists. Her mother, Tatali Nangala, is a very successful Papunya artist. Eileen grew up in Haasts Bluff but moved to Kintore with her family once the outstation was established.

The main site that Eileen refers to in her paintings is Tjiturrulnga, which is slightly west of Kintore and also her father’s birthplace. 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.


  • Artbank
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • National Gallery of Australia

2008 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin – Finalist
2008 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2005 Redlands Wespac Art Prize – Winner Emerging Artist Section

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2008 Eileen Napaltjarri, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2005 Eileen Napaltjarri – Lines, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 50 Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Defining Tradition: the first wave & its disciples, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2018 20/20 Vision: 20 Years 20 Women, Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Sydney
2008 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
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 Art Sydney, Sydney
2006 PTA – Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Utopia Arts Sydney, Sydney
2006 The Togart Contemporary Art Exhibition, Parliament House, Darwin
2006 Parliament House, Darwin, NT
2006 Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi – grandmothers teaching culture and ceremony, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2005 Papunya Tula Artists – new work for a new space, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney
2005 Rising Stars Papunya, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

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