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Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula

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13 February – 18 March 2015

Mitjili Napurrula

The stylised iconography of Pintupi artists has produced some outstanding artistic imagery that symbolises both the language and the lifestyle of the desert artists. Mitjili Napurrula is one such artist whose work is distinctive and inventive within the traditions of desert artists.

Mitjili Napurrula has a strong family connection to the central Desert art movement. Her family includes celebrated artists Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, Long Tom Tjapanangka and Tjunkayi Napaltjarri. Mitjili Napurrula began as many of the women artists of the Central Desert did, by assisting her famous husband Long Tom Tjapanangka in producing paintings. By the 1990s many women artists emerged from the shadows of their more famous men folk to establish their own reputations as artists.

Mitjili Napurrula uses the traditional method of repeated motifs to express the extensive and significant role of the watiya trees in the Tjukurrpa rituals around the making of spears. Mitjili Napurrula was taught the ways of her father’s Tjukurrpa by her mother – the imagery was drawn in the sand to show the representations of the creation story. Mitjili Napurrula has made the iconography her own, showing the spreading root system of the watiya trees that provide the all-important wood for spear- making.

Mitjili Napurrula expresses the unique qualities that have allowed the best desert artists to provide us with imagery that is both traditional in Aboriginal terms and contemporary in world art terms. Mitjili’s long list of exhibition venues over the past twenty years is testimony to her artistic standing and quality output.

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Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011405  |  acrylic on linen  |  153 x 122 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011399  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 103 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011403  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011390  |  acrylic on board, framed  |  61 x 46 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011408  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 120 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 010384  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 003963  |  acrylic on canvas  |  206 x 127 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 003972  |  acrylic on canvas  |  208 x 150 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011458  |  acrylic on canvas  |  89 x 74 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011407  |  acrylic on canvas  |  163 x 100 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 010055  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 49 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 010056  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 49 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011392  |  acrylic on board, framed  |  61 x 46 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011391  |  acrylic on board, framed  |  61 x 46 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011410  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 010393  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 010383  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 003979  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 92 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 003964  |  acrylic on canvas  |  205 x 107 cm

Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Watiya Tjuta

Jap 000788  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 97 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011409  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 122 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 010389  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011406  |  acrylic on linen  |  190 x 119 cm

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