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Lily Kelly Napangardi (b. 1948) is known for Tali (Sand Hill) paintings. The finesse of her style is emotive and the muted tones show mysterious topography of land, rain, sand, and wind. Napangardi’s tiny microcosmic dots, dashes, and grains move with the viewer’s eye and give a multi-dimensional appearance presenting an almost three-dimensional illusion of space and depth. The Sand Hill paintings are typically done in white, red, or yellow dots on a black background. Some rarer examples of her work are painted in two colors (mainly white & red) on a black background. One might think of Vija Celmins’ black starry works or even works by some of the earlier color-field painters as Larry Poons and Dan Christensen. But with Lily the works are more emotive and unfold without a specific focus. They hew to their origin with a dream-like quality.

Napangardi won the Northern Territory Art Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Painting in 1986 and the General Painting category of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) in 2003. In January 2006, she was named as one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists by Australian Art Collector magazine.

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Selected Works
Acrylic on Linen
47 1/4 x 70 3/4 inches / 120 x 180 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen
47 1/4 x 70 3/4 inches / 120 x 180 cm

Acrylic on Linen
47 1/4 x 70 3/4 inches / 120 x 180 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen
47 1/4 x 70 3/4 inches / 120 x 180 cm

Acrylic on Linen
59 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen
59 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm

Acrylic on Linen
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches / 120 x 120 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches / 120 x 120 cm

Acrylic on Linen
59 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen
59 x 59 inches / 150 x 150 cm

Acrylic on Linen
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches / 200 x 200 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches / 200 x 200 cm

Acrylic on Linen
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches / 200 x 200 cm -  Marc Straus Gallery
Tali (Sandhills)

Acrylic on Linen
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 inches / 200 x 200 cm

Exhibitions
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