Lily Kelly Napangardi was born around 1948, in Haasts Bluff, Northern Australia, before moving to the established settlement of Papunya in the 1960’s. It was there that she first encountered Aboriginal artistic practice as an assistant to her husband, Norman Kelly – it was not until Napangardi and her husband returned to Mount Liebig in the early 1980’s, that she began painting herself. Napangardi’s paintings are a bird’s eye depiction of her country’s sand hills and the effects that the winds and rain have on them.


In 2006, Napangardi was named as one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists by Australia Art Collector Magazine.



Musée du Quai Branly, Paris

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

Gallery Anthony Curtis, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Thomas Vroom Collection, Amsterdam

Groninger Museum, The Netherlands

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Art Gallery of South Australia. Adelaide

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin

The Kerry Stokes Collection

Artbank, Sydney