Lily Nungarrayi (aka. Maggie/Jurrah Hargraves) was born at Jila (Chilla) Well in the Tanami Desert. She started painting 1986 after participating in a community workshop. From the outset, Lily approached her art with enthusiasm and vigour. Her paintings are characterised by liberally applied paint in swirls of colour and often depict imagery of Ngalyipi (Medicine/snake Vine) Mala (Wallaby) and Karnta (Women’s dreaming). Being senior Law woman and regarded as one of the old desert walkers born in the Tanami Desert, she is responsible for supervising women’s song and dance ceremonies.
Her art is held in a number of major collections, and she has been widely exhibited both in Australia and overseas, including France and the USA. In 2009 Nungarrayi was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. In 2014 her work was highly commended in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.