Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri is a Pintupi Aboriginal artist, born in 1958 near Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji). She grew up at Papunya and attended school there, and later moved west to the community of Kintore on the Western Australian – Northern Territory border. She married Barney Campbell Tjakamarra (1928- 2007), a senior Pintupi lawman and painter of the Tingari cycle from the Lake MacDonald region, and has two daughters.
Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri began painting in the early 1990s, initially by helping her husband with his work. The family had to relocate to Alice Springs where Barney received treatment at the Dialysis Unit. Maisie lived in Alice Springs for many years with family, but has now moved back to her community at Kintore.
Maisie Napaltjarri’s father was a Ngaatjatjarra speaker and her mother a Luritja speaker. Maisie often paints her father’s country at Warmarrungle near Kaarku. The major themes represented in Maisie’s paintings are the sacred rockholes and significant women’s ceremonies, referred to as minyma inmaku, that take place in the Western Desert between Kintore in the Northern Territory and Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia. Maisie’s ability to produce traditional designs associated with creation stories demonstrates her commitment to preserving these highly important elements of aboriginal culture.
Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri has had paintings included in many exhibitions at Japingka Gallery including-
2013 Jorna Newberry & Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri
2009 Watiyawanu Artists
2006 Towards Black and White
A selection of works by Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.