Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula
Born: c.1945
Location: Haasts Bluff
Language: Pintupi/Luritja

Mitjili was born in 1945 and is a Pintupi woman from the Haasts Bluff region in the Northern Territory. Mitjili began painting at the Ikuntji Womens Centre in the early 1990’s. Mitjili paints her father’s country, the beautiful sandhills, bushes and trees of Uwalki, in the Gibson Desert, south of Kintore. She paints with vibrant colours, and her paintings capture an incredible energy. Mitjili’s distinctive style of the large patterned representations of Watiya Tjuta, the plant men make spears from, has gained her a strong following within Australia and internationally with regular sellout exhibitions.

Mitjili’s work was included in the exhibition Spirit Country: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco 1999, and featured in the prestigious Adelaide Biennial 2000, Beyond the Pale.

More information on Mitjili Napurrula

Title: Watiya Tjuta
Artist
: Mitjili Napurrula
Size
: 59cm x 97cm
Price
: (SOLD)

Watiya Tjuta relates to men’s wooden objects. The Tjukurrpa or Dreaming of this painting concerns the making of spears, an important aspect of men’s business.

Please note this painting does not come with a COA but it does have 3 photos with Mitjili signing the work and with the completed painting.

Title: Watiya Tjuta
Artist
: Mitjili Napurrula
Size
: 109cm x 60cm
Price
: $1650.00

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Watiya Tjuta relates to men’s wooden objects. The Tjukurrpa or Dreaming of this painting concerns the making of spears, an important aspect of men’s business. The straightening of the spears is the theme frequently painted by Mitjili Napurrula’s brother, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula.

The images that are painted are a representation of trees that provide the wood for the making of spears and other wooded objects. The country where the trees are found is Uwalki, Mitjili’s fathers country.

Title: Watiya Tjuta
Artist: Mitjili Napurrula
Size
: 120cm x 90cm
Price: $1650.00
Sale Price $1100.00

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Watiya Tjuta relates to men’s wooden objects. The Tjukurrpa or Dreaming of this painting concerns the making of spears, an important aspect of men’s business.

This painting comes with a COA and 1 photo of Mitjili with the completed painting.

 

Title: Watiya Tjuta
Artist
: Mitjili Napurrula
Size
: 97cm x 88cm
Price
: $900.00

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Please note this painting does not come with a COA but it does have 3 photos with Mitjili doing the work, signing the work and with the completed painting. A 2008 work in the beautiful colours of blue and purple. A truly stunning piece by Mitjili.

 

Title: Watiya Tjuta
Artist: Mitjili Napurrula
Size: 100cm x 90cm
Price: $1200.00

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Watiya Tjuta relates to men’s wooden objects. The Tjukurrpa or Dreaming of this painting concerns the making of spears, an important aspect of men’s business.

This painting comes with a COA and 1 photo of Mitjili with the completed painting.

Exhibitions:

2000 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1998 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1997 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1996 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2000 Beyond the Pale , Adelaide Festival Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia.
1999-2000 Ikuntji Tjuta touring , Regional Galleries of NSW, QLD, SA, NT.
1999 Spirit Country: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art , 1999, Fine Arts Museumof San Francisco, USA.
1997 Ikuntji Tjuta in Adelaide, Gallerie Australis, SA.
Ikuntji Tjuta in Canberra, Alliance Francaise, ACT.
Dreamings: Aboriginal Kunst uit Australie , Netherlands.
Aboriginal Art, Goteborgs Konstforening, Sweden.
The Desert Mob Art Show , Araluen, NT.
Ikuntji Tjuta in Sydney , Hogarth Galleries, NSW.
14th National Aboriginal Art Award , NT.
28th Alice Prize , Araluen, NT.
Mulch & Metaphors: The Garden in Contemporary Art , Mornington Peninsula
Regional Gallery, Vic.
13th Biennial Spring Festival of Drawing , invited, Mornington Peninsula Regional
Gallery, Vic.
1996 Heritage Art Award , ACT.
Adelaide Fringe Festival Exhibition , Gallerie Australis, SA.
Adelaide Fringe Festival Desert Exhibition , SA.
1995 National Aboriginal Art Award , NT.
Northern Territory Art Award , Alice Springs, NT.
Works on Paper , Hogarth Gallery, NSW.
Ikuntji: New Art from the Western Desert , (book launch) Framed Gallery, NT.
Paintings from Haasts Bluff , Hogarth Gallery, NSW.
Mitjili Napurrula and Marlee Napurrula , Flinders Lane Gallery, Vic.
Yiribana , Art Gallery of New South Wales, NSW.
1994 Heritage Art Award , ACT.
Australian High Commission & Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore.
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

Collections:

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Artbank
Baillieu Myer, de Young Museum, San Fransisco, USA.
Flinders University, SA.
Campbelltown Regional Gallery, NSW.
Latrobe University, Vic.
Mornington Peninsula Gallery, Vic.
Art Gallery of South Australia, SA.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, NT.
National Gallery of Victoria, Vic.
National Gallery of Australia, ACT
Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA.
Private collections, Australia & overseas.

1999 The Alice Prize, Alice Springs Art Foundation, Northern Territory.

 

 

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