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Mitjili Napurrula
(Aboriginal, c.1945- )


Year of Birth: c.1945
Birth Place: Haasts Bluff
Region: Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) - Northern Territory
Language:Pintupi

 
Brief Biography:
Born at Haasts Bluff, Mitjili Napurrula is the daughter of Tupa Tjakamarra (now deceased) and Tjunkiya Napaltjarri. She is half sister of Turkey Tolson, another well-known Pintupi painter. Mitjili married to Long Tom Tjapanangka, a very well-known artist from Haasts Bluff. Mitjili began painting at the Ikuntji Women's Centre in 1992. She paints her father's country called Uwalki which 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. Her early paintings were not entirely successful, being seen as rather similar to the Papunya style paintings which she saw as a young woman. Since working with the Ikuntji artists she has developed a very strong and distinctive personal style based on her paintings of trees and country at Uwalki. She 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". 
This style has gained her a strong following within Australia and internationally with regular sellout exhibitions. She lives and paints in Haasts Bluff.