MITJILI NAPURRULA (Circa 1945 - )
Hand Signed, Limited Edition Silkscreen on Stonehenge Paper
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Title: Untitled I (Red)
Image Size: 77cm x 77cm (Deckled Edging)
Signed: Lower Right
Edition: Edition 4/20
Condition: Excellent - New (Never Framed Before)
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Mitjili Napurrula is a Pintupi woman born at Haasts Bluff around 1945. Her family is one of great importance in the Aboriginal community of Papunya.
Her mother is Tjunkayi Napaltjarri, a well known artist 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 and also gave her the motif of the Irantji ranges she incorporates in her latter paintings. Mitjili's sister is Wintjiya Napaltjarri and wife to Turkey Tolsen's father, Tupa.
She first began painting in 1993 for the Ikuntji Women's Centre. Mitjili paints the female side to her father's Dreaming, 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 Uwalki, with its pristine sand hills, shrubs and Watiya which are the trees that traditionally provide wood for spears.
The most prominent theme in Mitjili's painting concerns the watiya tjuta (Acacia trees) which relate to men's business and her recurring tree motif is based on patterns her mother used to draw in the sand. In her paintings the tree emerges from beneath a veil of diluted paint, applied using the dot-dot technique, giving the impression of solid colour.