150cm x 90cm Acrylic on Canvas
Mitjili comes from a large family of painters. She was born at Haasts Bluff, 200kms west of Alice Springs, NT in 1946, and is the daughter of Tupa Tjakamarra (deceased) and Tjunkiya Napaltjarri. Her husband is Long Tom Tjapanangka, a well-known international artist and her brother is acclaimed artist Turkey Tolsen Tjupurrula.
Both Mitjili and Turkey are custodians of the Kulata (spear) Tjukurrpa. Mitjili was taught her father's Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) by her mother, who drew images of Uwalki in the sand (the trees that traditionally provide wood for spears). She commenced painting in 1992 at the Ikuntji Women’s Centre.
• Alice Springs Art Prize
• Alice Springs Art Foundations, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs
• Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
• Artbank, Sydney
• Campbelltown Regional Gallery, Campbelltown
• Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth
• Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
• Gantner Myer Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco
• Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery, Mornington
• Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
• National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
• National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
• Private and Corporate Collections Worldwide
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