Artist | KATHLEEN TJAPALYI

Artist | KATHLEEN TJAPALYI


Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by KATHLEEN TJAPALYI of Mimili Maku Arts. The title is Minyma Mamu. [461-2011] (Acrylic on Linen)

KATHLEEN TJAPALYI

Minyma Mamu

Born 1948 Family name: Inytjiki Language: Yankunytjatjara Kathleen Tjapalyi is a senior Yankunytjatjara woman and she was born at Iwantja, east of Mimili Community.

Her father’s country is Makirri, near Fregon and her mother’s country is Iltur, (Coffin Hill).

Her family travelled over from Watarru once they had heard that white people were handing out rations at Everard Station, so this is why Kathleen was born on the east side.

Her family continued to move around before they settled and found work at Everard Park station in Mimili.

Her father became a fencer and built a lot of the fences for Everard Park Station.

Kathleen grew up on the outskirts of Everard Park Station in the bush and later worked at the station herself cleaning dishes, tending to the garden and looking after the children of the station managers.

Kathleen met her husband in Mimili, Jack Tjapalyi (dec) and they had three children together; two sons and a daughter.

Her eldest son has passed away.

Her son Trevor and daughter Tanya live with her in Mimili. Kathleen was raised in the bush and has lived a traditional life.

She has a great knowledge of traditional inma and country and she continues to pass this on to the younger generations through her paintings and Inma.

Kathleen began painting late 2010; her marks are raw and her works are set to excite national and international markets..



Born 1948 Family name: Inytjiki Language: Yankunytjatjara Kathleen Tjapalyi is a senior Yankunytjatjara woman and she was born at Iwantja, east of Mimili Community.

Her father’s country is Makirri, near Fregon and her mother’s country is Iltur, (Coffin Hill).

Her family travelled over from Watarru once they had heard that white people were handing out rations at Everard Station, so this is why Kathleen was born on the east side.

Her family continued to move around before they settled and found work at Everard Park station in Mimili.

Her father became a fencer and built a lot of the fences for Everard Park Station.

Kathleen grew up on the outskirts of Everard Park Station in the bush and later worked at the station herself cleaning dishes, tending to the garden and looking after the children of the station managers.

Kathleen met her husband in Mimili, Jack Tjapalyi (dec) and they had three children together; two sons and a daughter.

Her eldest son has passed away.

Her son Trevor and daughter Tanya live with her in Mimili. Kathleen was raised in the bush and has lived a traditional life.

She has a great knowledge of traditional inma and country and she continues to pass this on to the younger generations through her paintings and Inma.

Kathleen began painting late 2010; her marks are raw and her works are set to excite national and international markets..



Exhibitions that KATHLEEN TJAPALYI has exhibited at

Ngura Puti (Bush Home)

A Collection of Fine Mimili Maku Aboriginal Art