Country: Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff)-NT
Language group: Pintupi
Mitjili Naparrula is one of the most well known Aboriginal women painters. She is a Pintupi woman born at Haasts Bluff in about 1945 and she first began painting in 1993 for the Ikuntji Womens Centre. Mitjili paints her fathers Dreaming, Uwalki, which is the story of the spear straightening ceremony as taught to her by her mother. Mitjili also paints the topography of her father’s country with its pristine sandhills, shrubs and Uwalki Trees.
Her family is one of great importance in the Aboriginal community of Papunya. Her mother is well known artist Tjunkayi Napaltjarri who was involved in the ‘Minyma Tjukurrpa Project’ and consequently became one of the principal women painters at Kintore. Her brother is the late chairman of Papunya Tula Artists, Turkey Tolson, who is also renowned for his artworks which are sought by investors all over the world. Mitjili was married to artist Long Tom Tjapanangka. Long Tom won the prestigious 1999 Telstra Art Award. Mitjili’s sister is Wintjiya Napaltjarri and wife to Turkey Tolsen’s father, Tupa.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin