Lily Yirdingali Hargraves Nungarrayi


Born:              c.1930

Region:           Lajamanu – Northern Territory

Language:      Warlpiri/Warnayaka


Lily is also known at Maggie Hargraves Nungarrayi.  She was born at Jila Well (sometimes spelt Chilla/Tjila) in the Tanami Desert,  Lily Hargraves commenced painting at the Traditional painting Course, which began in March-April 1986.  Her depictions include Ngalyipi (Medicine/snake Vine) Mala (Wallaby) and Karnta (Women’s dreaming).  From the outset, Lily approached her art with unbridled enthusiasm and vigour.  Her paintings are characterised by liberally applied paint in swirls of colour.  Being senior Law women, she is responsible for supervising women’s song and dance ceremonies.  After being widowed by the death of her and her sisters Leila’s husband, Barney Tjangala, she married Popey Tjapanangka.  (When interviewed for this book she communicated with great animation the future projects for her art.

Selected exhibitions:
1989 “Yuendumu and Ramingining”, Melbourne;

Selected collections:
South Australian Museum, Adelaide; Musee National des Arts Africain et Oceaniens, Paris, France.

1990 Winner; Patron’s Award at the Darlington Arts Festival, Western Australia


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