Eileen Napaltjarri Australian, Pintupi, b. 1956

Eileen was born in Haasts Bluff in December 1956. Her father Charlie Tararu Tjungurrayi was one of the founding members of Papunya Tula Artists, and her mother Tatali Nangala was also a very successful artist with the company from 1996 until her death in 1999. Eileen grew up in Haasts Bluff and later moved to Kintore with her family when it was first established. The main site Eileen refers to in her painting is Tjiturrulnga, which is slightly west of Kintore and the birthplace of her father. She often sat beside both of her parents as they worked and although doing her first painting in 1996 Eileen didn’t start painting regularly until 1999.