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Mitjili Napurrula
is a Pintupi woman from the Haasts Bluff region,
located 200 km west of Alice Springs. Born 1945,
she is half sister to artist Turkey Tjupurrula Tolson.
She married Long Tom Tjapanangka at Papunya in
the 1960's. And currently resides in South Australia.

Mitjili's distinctive painting style and designs are
based on her father's country called Uwalki, an area
west of Haasts Bluff near the Kintore Ranges. The
Dreaming stories (Tjukurrpa) behind the paintings
relate to the making of spears - an important aspect
of "men's business". The patterns represent the
women's side of this Tjukurrpa, showing the trees
(Watiya Tjuta) that provide the patternwood for
spear shafts and other objects.

Mitjili began painting at the Ikuntji Women's Centre in
1992. The country that she paints, Uwalki, lies in the
Gibson Desert near the Kintore Ranges, west of
Haasts Bluff. This country is characterised by red
sandhills, bushes and trees including the beautiful
desert oaks. Mitjili was taught some of her key
imagery by her mother drawing patterns in the sand.
She says: "My mother taught me my father's
Tjukurrpa; that's what I'm painting on the canvas".
Mitjili's paintings are strong and energetic. Her works
are popular by both Australian and international
collectors.

Collections:
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
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory,
Darwin
Exhibitions:
1993, 1994, 1996, 1998 Australian Heritage Art
Award, Canberra
1994, 1997, 1998, 1999 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice
Springs
1994 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1994 Hotel Shangri-la and Australian High
Commision, Singapore
1994, 1998 Adelaide Fringe Festival
1994 Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Museum and Art Gallery of
Northern Territory, Darwin
1995 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
1995, 1997, 1999 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
1996 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide
1996 "The Meeting Place" - touring exhibition,
Australia
1996, 1998, 2000 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 Aboriginal Art Galerie Bahr,
Speyer, Germany
1997 Goteborgs Konstforening, Goteborg, Sweden
1997 Arnhem Land, The Netherlands
1997 Alliance Francaise, Canberra
1998 Art Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1998 Spazio Pitti Arte Florence, Italy
1998 Framed Gallery, Darwin
1998 Gallerie Dusseldorf, Perth
1998 Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
1998 Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of
Melbourne
1998 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1999 Flinders Art Museum Flinders University,
Adelaide
1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, U.S.A.
2000 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2001 Galerie Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Denmark
Awards:
1997, finalist 14th Telstra NATSIAA
1999 Alice Prize (Central Australian Art Award), Alice
Springs
Source: Kreczmanski, Janusz B & Birnberg, Margo
(eds.): Aboriginal Artists: Dictionary of Biographies:
Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region
(JB Publishing Australia, Marleston, 2004)