Eileen Napaltjarri Indigenous Australian, b. c.1956-

Born: Haasts Bluff, NT

Language Group: Pintupi

Community: Kintore, NT


Eileen Napaltjarri was born in 1956 and grew up in Haasts Bluff before moving to Papunya and on to Kintore.  She paints ancestral country near Kintore-Tjiturrulpa. Her work features strong sand hill designs.


Familiar with the Papunya Tula Movement for a long time due to her dad, Charlie Tararu Tjugurrayi, being one of the founding members, in addition Eileen’s mother was also a successful artist with the company.


Eileen started to explore her talent in the 1990’s. However, it was only in the late nineties that she began to acquire her own style. Her openness to different kinds of experimentation within her work is something that remains steadfastly with her and had its antecedence in her painting early.


A recurring motif in Eileen’s work is the use of shimmering light, which forms the basis of her oeuvre and which is simply illuminating.