Lily Kelly Napangardi

LILY KELLY NAPANGARDI
Born: circa 1948
Region: Tjiturulnga, Western Australia
Language group: Warlpiri, Luritja

Lily Kelly Napangardi was born at Haasts Bluff in 1948 and moved to the newly established settlement of Papunya in the 1960’s. During her time there, Lily began painting, assisting her husband Norman Kelly, who is an established artist. Lily returned to Mt Liebig with her husband in the early 1980’s when she began painting in her own right.

A senior law woman of the Watiyawanu community, near Haasts Bluff, north-west of Alice Springs, Lily is responsible for the Women’s Dreaming story associated with Kunajarrayi, and is now teaching younger women traditional dancing and singing.

Lily Kelly Napangardi won the Northern Territory Art Award for painting in 1986, and the General Painting Category at the 20th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2003.

In 2006 Lily Kelly Napangardi was named as one of Australia’ s 50 most collectable artists by the Australian Art Collector Magazine.

Lily’s paintings depict her country’s sand hills, its winds and the desert environment after rain. They are a bird’s eye depiction showing the movement of the sand across the sand hills, at her country near Kintore. The story was passed from her grandfather.

Artist's Exhibitions

LIGHT & PERCEPTION – WEST PERTH

September 21, 2023 - September 30, 2023
Light drives our sense of perception, along with colour and, it can be argued, reveals the qualities of the colours: the contrasts, hues, lights and darks that have been the
Location: West Perth

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FOR OUR ELDERS – NAIDOC WEEK

July 3, 2023 - July 31, 2023
‘For Our Elders’ is a maxim that the artists from Yinjaa-Barni Arts in Roebourne live by from day to day. Well-known for their deeply personal works of collective memory, they
Location: West Perth

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NAIDOC WEEK EXHIBITION: GET UP! STAND UP! SHOW UP!

July 2, 2022 - July 30, 2022
OFFICIAL OPENING 6-8pm, Thursday 7th July 2022 We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Noongar Aboriginal people of the Wadjuk tribe and pay our respects
Location: West Perth

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SUMMER AT SUBI – GALLERY ARTISTS

December 11, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Subiaco Gallery. We’ve hung an eclectic selection of artworks, big and small, by many of our gallery artists for the opening weeks of 2021. 2020 was a tumultuous year during
Location: Subiaco

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SELECTED INDIGENOUS ARTISTS – STORIES OF COUNTRY

October 31, 2020 - November 14, 2020
31 OCTOBER – 14 NOVEMBER, WEST PERTH GALLERY. In conjunction with Naidoc Week and in celebration of the Naidoc theme for 2020 of ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, Linton &
Location: West Perth

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SELECTED INDIGENOUS ARTISTS – OUR COUNTRY

July 13, 2019 - August 11, 2019
13 JULY – 11 AUGUST, SUBIACO. Official Opening 6-8pm Thursday 25 July. Indigenous Australian art is an extraordinary testament to the depth, honesty and emotion of one of the world’s
Location: Subiaco

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COLLECTORS’ EXHIBITION 2017 – SELECTED INDIGENOUS ARTISTS FROM CENTRAL AUSTRALIA

April 7, 2017 - April 27, 2017
28 MARCH – 27 APRIL, PERTH CITY This carefully curated show of fine Indigenous paintings from Central Australia continues in our City Gallery. Curated by Mitchell Fine Art in Brisbane,
Location: Perth City

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