Lily Kelly Napangardi
Lily Kelly Napangardi was born at Haasts Bluff in the Northern Territory around 1948 and she moved to the newly established settlement of Papunya in the 1960s. During her time in Papunya, Lily engaged in painting activities, notably assisting with works by her husband Norman Kelly. Lily began painting in the early 1980s, winning the Northern Territory Art Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Painting in 1986.
The hypnotic ‘Sand Hills’ paintings are made up of fine dots and dashes and their muted tones build up a mysterious, hidden topography of her land. These paintings portray the depiction of the “Tali”, sand hills which are located near her homelands. The microscopic dots show the impact of the rain and the wind as it moves across the countryside. This story was passed to her by her father and the sand hills (Tali) are a site of significance for the artist and family.