Born'in the bush c. 1938 to the north of Mt Liebig and about five miles (8 km) south of present day Yuendumu, Norman Kelly is one of the senior men of the Mt Liebig community, where he and his wife, Lily Kelly , live with their family. After years working as a stockman, mustering cattle all across the Centre, Norman began painting occasionally for Papunya Tula Artists in the mid 80s when the company began to service the artists at Mt Liebig.
A Warlpiri speaker, Normans country lies around Mt Leibig (Amunturangu), 80 kms west of Papunya and further north. His fathers country lies in Warlpiri territory around Waylilimpa and he paints Bush Potato, Watanuma (Flying Ant), Mulga Tree and other Bush Tucker stories, Watia Wanu (Women with Digging Stick and Coolamon at Mt Liebig) Dreamings. He is the stepson of Paddy Tjangala, and step brother of Sandra Nampitjinpa , Sonder Turner and Petra Nampitjinpa.
Of late, his output has slowed, possibly related to problems of distribution experienced in the Mt Liebig community over the past few years. Normans work was shown at the Gauguin Museum, Tahiti in 1988. Collections: Flinders University Art Museum, Holmes a Court, Australian Museum..The item "NORMAN KELLY TJAMPITJINPA Highly Collectible" is in sale since Monday, October 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Aboriginal\Paintings". The seller is "coffey8215" and is located in Alice Springs, NT. This item can be shipped worldwide.