Eileen Napaltjarri, 2005
Acrylic on Linen, 2005
Art Critic and collector Reg Richardson selected Eileen Napaltjarri for the Emerging Artist Award in 2005.
Born in 1956 in Haasts Bluff, Eileen Napaltjarri is the daughter of the well-known Papunya Tula artist Charlie Tararu Tjungurrayi, one of the founding members of the artist run cooperative Papunya Tula Artists. Her mother Tatali Nangala, was also a very successful artist with the company. Eileen moved to Kintore with her family when it was first established in the early 1980's. The subject of Eileen's paintings is the site Tjiturrulnga, west of Kintore and birth place of her father. She often sat beside both of her parents as they painted, and in 1999 began to paint regularly for Papunya Tula Artists, after the death of her mother. The lines in the painting represent the sandhills surrounding the area, as well as the spears and nulla nullas of a group of men and women who travel the site. The group gathered a variety of bush foods including pitjara or desert yam, pura or bush tomato and kampurarrpa or desert raisin.
Eileen Napaltjarri is currently represented by Utopia Art Sydney and her work is held in the collections of Art Gallery of NSW and Artbank. Her work was shown in 2005 at Rising Stars Papunya at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.