Mitjili Napurrula

DOB: c 1945
BORN: Haasts Bluff
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pintupi
COMMUNITY:Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff)Northern Territory

Mitjili Napurrula

Born at Haasts Bluff, Mitjili Napurrula is the daughter of Tupa Tjakamarra (now deceased) and Tjunkiya Napaltjarri.  She is married to Long Tom Tjapanangka, a very well-known artist from Haasts Bluff. Mitjili commenced painting in 1993 and first followed the painting style of the Papunya Tula artists from Papunya; she then developed her own style, a simplified design in striking colours.  She lives and paints in Haasts Bluff.

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • Artbank.
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth.

1999 Alice Prize (Central Australian Art Award), Alice Springs
1997 14th NATSIAA, Darwin – Finalist
1996 Heritage Award, Canberra
1995 12th NATSIAA, Darwin – Finalist
1994 Northern Territory Art Award, Alice Springs
1994 Heritage Art Award, Canberra
1993 The Australian Heritage Award, Canberra

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2000 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1998 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1997 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1996 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Country in Mind, University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD
2020 Colours of Spring, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2010 Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2009 A decade of Australia�s indigenous fine art 1999-2009, Salt Gallery, Queenscliff, VIC
2008 Black & White: Inspired by Landscapes, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2000 Beyond the Pale, Adelaide Festival Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1999 – 2000 Ikuntji Tjuta touring exhibition, Regional Galleries of NSW, QLD, SA and NT
1999 Spirit Country: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, USA
1997 Ikuntji Tjuta, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide
1997 Ikuntji Tjuta, Alliance Francaise, Canberra
1997 Dreamings: Aboriginal Kunst uit Australie, The Netherlands
1997 Aboriginal Art, Goteborgs Konstforening, Gothenburg, Sweden
1997 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1997 Ikuntji Tjuta, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
1997 Mulch & Metaphors: The Garden in Contemporary Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC
1996 Adelaide Fringe Festival Exhibition, Gallerie Australis, Adelalaide
1995 Works on Paper, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
1995 Ikuntji: New Art from the Western Desert, (book launch) Framed Gallery, Darwin
1995 Paintings from Haasts Bluff, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
1995 Mitjili Napurrula and Marlee Napurrula, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
1995 Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1994 Australian High Commission and Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore
1994 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne



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