Eileen Napaltjarri Anyama

Artist Eileen Napaltjarri Anyama
Title Tjitjurrulnga Tali
Year 2021

Acrylic on Belgian linen

Dimensions 122 × 199 cm
Art Centre Ikuntji Artists →

Out of stock

Eileen Napaltjarri Anyama

Eileen Napaltjarri Anyama was born in 1956 at Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff). Her father was Charlie Tararu Tjungurrayi, who was a founding member of Papunya Tula Artists. Tjungurrayi was renowned for his innovative art works, and Eileen’s mother, Tatali Nangala, was a prolific painter. Eileen moved from Ikuntji to Walungurru (Kintore) in the early 1980s, when the new outstation was first established. After her mother died in 1999, Eileen began painting the stories that had been passed down to her and has consolidated her reputation as one of the most important second-generation Aboriginal artists of the Western Desert movement. Eileen lives in Walungurru, occasionally visiting family in Ikuntji where she paints with the art centre.

Artist statement

Eileen Napaltjarri Anyama paints stories from her father’s ancestral country at Tjitjurrulnga (also known as Titjurrulpa Rockhole), which is located west of Walungurru (Kintore). In this story men and women are travelling from Yuendumu to Tjitjurrulnga. When they arrive, the men and women dance and make ceremony. Eileen depicts this traditional country with long rows of sand hills that form rhythmic patterns across the canvas. Occasionally the lines of hills diverge and then meet up again to reveal a desert water source located at the rockhole. The Tjukurrpa (dreaming) for Tjitjurrulng is ice (little frost stars).