Mitjili Napurrula’s work is held in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas.
Born c.1945 at Haasts Bluff, Mitjili and her family moved from Haasts Bluff to the new settlement of Papunya in 1959. It was there that she observed the men, including her brother Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula (deceased), painting.
Mitjili’s distinctive style is based on her father’s country, also called Uwalki, an area west of Haasts Bluff near the Kintore Ranges in the Northern Territory which is characterised by red sandhills, bushes and trees. Mitjili depicts those trees (Watiya Tjuta) which provide the wood for spears.
1999 – Alice Springs Art Prize
1994 – Northern Territory Art Award, Alice Springs
1993 – Australian Heritage Art Award, Canberra