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'Watiya Juta' | Mitjili Napurrula

4th – 28th April 2018

A solo exhibition showcasing Aboriginal artworks that portray stories relating to the ancient ritual of the spear straightening ceremony is showing at Mitchell Fine Art on April 4th, 2018.

Mitjili Napurrula, a Pintupi artist from Central Australia paints ‘Watiya Juta’ (the Desert Acacia) a source material for Aboriginal spear making and the central motif in her father’s dreaming - the story of the spear straightening ceremony.

Under the tutelage of her mother Mitjili Napurrula began painting the female side to her father’s dreaming in 1993. Her works ‘Watiya Juta’ portray the topography of her father’s country, Uwalki, and the recurring tree motif, Watiya.  Mitjili Napurrula’s works are part of numerous international and national collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.


  1. Mitjili Napurrula | Watiya Juta A4836

    200 x 200cm

    acrylic on linen

  2. Mitjili Naparrula | Watiya Juta A8243

    60 x 60cm

    acrylic on linen

  3. Mitjili Napurrula | Watiya Juta A16533

    120 x 180cm

    acrylic on linen

  4. Mitjili Napurrula | Watiya Juta A16508

    90 x 90cm

    acrylic on linen

  5. Mitjili Napurrula | Watiya Juta A16503

    90 x 120cm

    acrylic on linen

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