Lily Hargraves Nungarrayi Yirringali - Snake Dreaming (1075-10)

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Artist: Lily Hargraves Nungarrayi Yirringali
Title: Snake Dreaming
Cat No: 1075-10
Size: 180 x 50 cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

This is an amazing painting by Lily Hargraves Nungarrayi Yirringali from Lajamanu, NT.

The artwork is stretched and ready to hang.
A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with the artwork.


This dreaming tells about a snake, warma puta, that comes in from the bush.  The snake crawls across the desert hunting for food.  It travels around day and night all over over country.  The male and female snakes travel together.


Born:               c.1930

Region:            Lajamanu – Northern Territory

Language:       Warlpiri/Warnayaka

Lily is also known at Maggie Hargraves Nungarrayi.  She was born at Jila Well (sometimes spelt Chilla/Tjila) in the Tanami Desert,  Lily Hargraves commenced painting at the Traditional painting Course, which began in March-April 1986.  Her depictions include Ngalyipi (Medicine/snake Vine) Mala (Wallaby) and Karnta (Women’s dreaming).  From the outset, Lily approached her art with unbridled enthusiasm and vigour.  Her paintings are characterised by liberally applied paint in swirls of colour.  Being senior Law women, she is responsible for supervising women’s song and dance ceremonies.  After being widowed by the death of her and her sisters Leila’s husband, Barney Tjangala, she married Popey Tjapanangka.  (When interviewed for this book she communicated with great animation the future projects for her art.

Selected exhibitions: Gallery Gabriella Pizzi-Melbourne: Hogarth Gallery-Sydney: Dreamtime Gallery-Perth: NGV– Melbourne: High Court-Canberra: Ecole des Beaux Arts-Grenoble France: Australian Embassy—Washington: William Mora—Melbourne.

Selected collections: NGV Melbourne

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