Mitjili Napurrula
Australian, born 1945

Mitjili Napurrula began making paintings on canvas in what would become known as her signature style in 1993 at the Ikuntji Women’s Center. She is known for using bold colors and solid forms in abstract compositions. Her recurring leafy motif, developed from her mother’s drawings, is a reference to the Watiya Tjuta tree, which is used to create ceremonial wood objects. Napurrula’s abstract paintings also approximate elements of the landscape in Uwalki, a desert region characterized by red sandhills and bushes. She is the sister of the artist Turkey Tjupurrula Tolson, who is part of the Papunya Tula movement; she is married to the artist Long Tom Tjapanangka.

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