Mitjili Napurrula 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 1993.
Mitjili paints her father’s country, the beautiful sandhills, bushes and trees of Uwalki. She paints with vibrant colours, and her paintings capture an incredible energy. Mitjili’s distinctive style 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. Mitjili’s mother is Tjunkayi Napaltjarri from Kintore in the Western desert region of N.T. Her father was T upa Tjakamarra from Uwalki, west of Bluff’s Point.
The family arrived at the Haast’s Bluff Mission Outpost set-up by Ps Albrecht of Hermannsburg in the 1930s. 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 Museum of 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.