Eileen Napaltjarri  Anyama

Eileen Napaltjarri

Language:Luritja, PintupiDate of birth:1956-12-10Community:Kintore

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Eileen Napaltjarri Anyama was born in 1956 at Haasts Bluff. Her father was Charlie Tararu Tjungurrayi, who was a founding artist of the early Desert Art movement at Papunya. Charlie Tararu had a strong reputation for his innovative art works, as did Eileen’s mother, Tatali Nangala, who was a prolific painter. Eileen is the niece of Narputta Nangala and cousin of Daisy Napaltjarri, both significant artists of Ikuntji Artists. Eileen was married to senior Kintore artist Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa.

Eileen paints stories from her father’s ancestral country at Tjitjurrulnga (also known as Titjurrulpa rockhole), which is located west of Kintore.

Eileen originally moved from Haasts Bluff to Kintore in the early 1980s, travelling there with her family when the new outstation was first established.  EileenNapaltjarri spent time watching her parents as they worked on their paintings. Then after her mother died in 1999, Eileen set about painting those stories that had been passed down to her.  Writer Nicolas Rothwell described her work as  “rhythmically abstract paintings”, in a 2006 Papunya Tula exhibition in Alice Springs, that “have become the newest sign of the inventiveness of Kintore women.” She now lives by herself in Kintore where she paints occasionally. From time to time she visits her family in Haasts Buff where she paints at Ikuntji Artists.

Eileen has consolidated her reputation as one of the most important second generation Aboriginal artists of the Western Desert movement. Eileen Napaltjarri is represented in major collections including in Australian National Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW and Artbank Collection. Japingka Gallery curated a solo exhibition of EileenNapaltjarri’s paintings in 2008. Napaltjarri won the “emerging artist” category of the Redlands Westpac Art Prize in 2005. In 2006, journalist and writer Nicolas Rothwell named her as the successor to Papunya Tula’s most significant founding women: Makinti NapanangkaWintjiya Napaltjarri and Tjunkiya NapaltjarriAustralian Art Collector magazine, in its annual survey of Australian art, included Napaltjarri in its 50 Most Collectable Artists for 2008 


  • Art Gallery Of New South Wales (AGNSW)
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • Artbank

Past Exhibitions

  • Dessin du territoire – Territoire du dessin / Land drawing – Land of drawing 2021-10-06
  • “Land Drawing – Drawing of the Land”, Les Jardins Suspendus, Le Havre France 2021-07-02
  • 2019 AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market 2019-12-06
  • 2019 AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market 2019-12-06
  • Tarnanthi Art Fair 2019, Adelaide 2019-10-18
  • Vincent Lingiari Art Award Exhibition, Our Country – True Story 2019-09-01
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2019 2019-08-09
  • National Indigenous Art Fair, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2019-06-28
  • 'TALI - MY COUNTRY' | ABORIGINAL ART EXHIBITION, Michell Fine Art, Brisbane. 2018-11-14
  • Desert Mob Marketplace 2017 2017-12-07
  • Ngurra Kutju - Tjukurrpa Tjuta, One Country - Many Stories, Exhibition at Colin Biggers & Paisley, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane 2017-06-19
  • 10th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin NT 2016-08-04
  • WOMADELAIDE, Adelaide 2016-03-09
  • Summer Stock, The Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland WA 2015-10-30
  • Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair, Tandanya Institute. Adelaide 2015-10-08
  • Ancestral Presence - recent works by Ikuntji Artists, June Marriott Gallery, Central Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct 2015-08-27
  • Spirit Country, Outback Aboriginal Art, Melbourne 2015-04-10
  • Power of Place, FORM, State Theatre, Perth, WA 2015-04-09
  • Around the Campfire - Fundraiser Concert, Alice Springs, NT 2014-10-16
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, NT 2014-08-06
  • SOAF Seoul Open Art Fair, Seoul, Korea 2014-04-30
  • The Bold and the Beautiful, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT 2014-03-11
  • Desert Minatures, Tali Gallery, Sydney, NSW 2013-11-30
  • Big Paintings from Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006-12-31
  • Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 2006-12-31
  • Papunya Tula Artists - across the board, Utopia Arts Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2005-12-31
  • PTA - Papunya Tula Artists, NT 2005-12-31
  • Utopia Arts Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2005-12-31
  • The Togart Contemporary Art Exhibition, Parliament House, Darwin, NT 2005-12-31
  • Papunya Tula Artists - new work for a new space, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW 2004-12-31
  • Rising Stars Papunya, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 2004-12-31
  • Eileen Napaltjarri - Lines, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2004-12-31