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KELLY FAMILY COLLABORATION

$18,000.00

KELLY FAMILY COLLABORATION
(LILY KELLY NAPANGARDI, TOPSY PETERSON NAPANGARDI, DOLSI KELLY NUNGALA, NORMA KELLY NUNGALA, GEORGINA KELLY NAPALTJARRI, CHRISTINE PERTERSON NUNGALA)
“Our Country”
Acrylic on linen.
Painted in 2015.
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
Artwork is stretched and ready to hang.
151cm x 246cm

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KELLY FAMILY COLLABORATION
(LILY KELLY NAPANGARDI, TOPSY PETERSON NAPANGARDI, DOLSI KELLY NUNGALA, NORMA KELLY NUNGALA, GEORGINA KELLY NAPALTJARRI, CHRISTINE PERTERSON NUNGALA)
“Our Country”
Acrylic on linen.
Painted in 2015.
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
Artwork is stretched and ready to hang.
151cm x 246cm

 

ARTIST BIO

Lily Kelly Napangardi (1948) is an acclaimed Aboriginal artist from the remote Haasts Bluff community “Ikuntji” in the Northern Territory (227km west of Alice Springs).

Lily lived with her family at the settlement of Papunya, where she was influenced to start painting during the emerging Desert Art movement in the 1970’s. She was also encouraged by her husband Norman Kelly, also a successful artist. Lily is a respected senior law woman of her community of “Watiyawanu”, and the custodian over the Dreamtime stories associated with country.

Since the 1980’s, Lily’s talent has been recognised by many art prizes. She won the Northern Territory Art Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Painting in 1986 and was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) in 2003. She was named as one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists by Australian Art Collector magazine.

The subject of Lily’s paintings is the sand hills (Tali) in and around her land. They are usually executed in white dots on a black background. Lily’s innate sense of composition creates the illusion of movement of sand falling across the sand dunes.

Today Lily Kelly Napangardi’s art is recognised as some of the most innovative in the contemporary Aboriginal art scene. It is highly sought-after by museums and private collectors worldwide.

 

Topsy Peterson was born in 1955 at Papunya, Northern Territory. Topsy is sister to Denise Reid Napangardi and fellow artist Lily Kelly Napangardi, and mother to renowned artist, Christine Peterson Nangala.

While growing up, Topsy’s mother Easia Naparulla taught her all about their dreaming, in particular “spring flowers” dreaming, however not until the death of her mother in 1983 her older sister Lilly Kelly shared with Topsy other family stories that had been handed down to her, including “Sand Hills”

Sand Hills has become Topsy’s most renowned art style. Using mostly rich crimson colours of yellows and reds she paints in the famous Papunya dot style, which form waves, bends and fields that portray a resemblance to her home’s natural landscape. It is the landscape that signifies her connection to her family’s dreamings, which she has passed on to her children, particularly to her artist daughter, Christine Peterson.

 

Christine Peterson Nungala is from Papunya Community (3 hours out of Alice Springs in Central Australia). Christine comes from a family of artists with her mother being Topsy Peterson Napangardi and her aunt Lily Kelly Napangardi.

Christine is a talented emerging artist. Her paintings represent the landmarks of her sacred land “Sand Hills” like her famous aunt Lily Kelly Napangardi. Many landmarks are important to the Dreaming creation stories.

 

Dolsi Kelly Nangala is an exceptional Indigenous Australian artist from the remote Mount Liebig community, also known as Watiyawanu in the Northern Territory (325km west of Alice Springs).

Dolsi is the daughter of the world-renowned artist Lily Kelly Napangardi who mentored Dolsi on how to paint and passed on her secret women’s business and Dreaming stories.

Dolsi and Lily still maintain the nomadic lifestyle and travel vast distances around Central Australia to visit family and sacred sites on their land.

The theme of Dolsi’s paintings is “Sacred Rock Holes” executed in a very contemporary abstract style. Dolsi paints mostly in all black and white or duel tones in the dotting style, similar to her mother.

 

Norma Kelly was born in 1969 in Mt. Liebig, 325km west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Norma is the daughter of renowned artist Lily Kelly Napangardi.

Norma moved to Papunya, Northern Territory in 1980. Norma along with the other children in her tribe would spend their days being lectured on her tribe’s dreaming’s, how to apply body paints and how to dance by the female tribal leaders.  The female tribal elders would also take the children for walks into the land and show them where they could find bush medicines, bush tucker and bush flowers.  Norma paints ‘Spring Flowers’ and ‘Sand Hills‘ both of which are family’s dreamings.

Norma works closely with her mother and relatives on collaboration works, producing large pieces that collectively show an diverse range of skills and design.

 

Georgina Kelly Napaltjarri is the daughter of Dolsi Kelly Nangala. Georgina is married to Abraham Philips who is the grandson of well-known artist Long Jack Philips. Georgina resides at Mt Liebig, approximately 325kms west of Alice Springs. The stories Georgina paints have been handed down to her by her mother Dolsi and grandmother, Lily Kelly Napangardi. Georgina paints the sandhills called ‘Tali’.

Her works encompass intricate dot work, perfectly conveying the sacred sand hills of her country, passed onto her via generations of dreaming.