We met Mitjili with Deb McDonald Nangala, and they both paint with us sometimes when they are in Adelaide, which is lovely, very peaceful when they come in and just sit and paint and we talk...both are prestige artists in their own rights, and it is surreal to just sit and chat, or go to lunch - these are the real benefits of being involved.
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 central Australia. Characterised by red sand-hills, bushes and trees it is here that the spearwood trees used to make spears, are found. As custodian of the Kulata Tjurrkupa (Spear Dreaming) and representing the female side of the Dreaming, Mitjili depicts the trees (Watiya Tjuta) which provide the wood for the spears, whilst her brother is well known for painting the stories associated with making and assembling the spears. Mitjili husband Long Tom Tjapanangka (passed away) was also an accomplished artist.
IT'S A LOVE STORY. Come and let us share it with you.
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