LILY KELLY NAPANGARDI "Sandhills" Signed Acrylic on Canvas 155cm x 95cm

Regular price $1,875.00


Hand Signed, Original Acrylic On Canvas

Title: Sandhills
Image Size: 155cm x 95cm
Signed: Verso
Condition: Excellent - New

Unstretched as easier for Shipping due to size.

Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from Martinez Art Dealer and Photos of Lily with this Work.

You can also come view this work and many others in our Surry Hills Gallery in Sydney. Please message me to arrange a time to view in person.

Serafin Martinez
Principal, Martinez Art Dealer
Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
ABN 36 561 407 649


Lily Kelly Napangardi (born c.1948) is a distinguished Aboriginal artist born in the Haasts Bluff region of the Northern Territory of Australia.

In her earlier years, Napangardi lived with her family at the settlement of Papunya, but later moved to Watiyawanu (Mount Liebig - 325 km west of Alice Springs) (with her husband Norman Kelly, also an artist). Napangardi is a respected senior law woman of her community of Watiyawanu, and the custodian over the Women's Dreamtime stories associated with Kunajarrayi.

Lily Kelly Napangardi began painting in the early 1980s. She won the Northern Territory Art Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Painting in 1986 and was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) in 2003. In January 2006, she was named as one of Australia's 50 most collectable artists by Australian Art Collector magazine.

Napangardi's paintings are of her country, especially of the sand hills (Tali) around Mount Liebig. They are usually done in white (sometimes, red or yellow) dots on black background, presenting an almost three-dimensional illusion of space and depth. Some rarer examples of her work are painted in two colours (mainly white and red) on black background. Today Lily Kelly Napangardi's art is recognised as some of the most innovative in the contemporary Aboriginal art scene. It is highly sought-after by museums and private collectors worldwide.

Her name is sometimes incorrectly spelt 'Lilly', with double L, but the artist signs her work as 'LILY Kelly'.