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Lily Kelly Napangardi
Warlpiri Lily Kelly was born at Dashwood Creek, near Haasts Bluff circa 1948. She moved with her parents to Haasts Bluff as a baby and grew up on country until the 1960’s. Lily married Norman Kelly Tjampitjinpa in the late 70’s and worked with him on his paintings for Papunya Tula and began painting in 1986 in her own right. Lily won the Northern Territory Art Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Paintings (aka The Telstra’s) in 1986 , her first year as an artist and won the general painting category at the same awards in 2003. In 2006 she was named one of Australia’s 50 most collectible artists by Australia Art Collector Magazine. Learn more about Lily in her bio.