Emily was born out bush near Papunya in 1953, daughter of Entalura Nangala, a recognised artist who painted with Warumpi Arts and wife of Don Tjungurrayi, one of the early renowned Western Desert painters. Emily is a respected elder in the community and is the custodian of a number of women’s Dreaming stories.
Emily paints designs associated with the Janmarda Tjukurrpa (Onion Dreaming) site of Karrinyarra (Central Mt Wedge), which is North West of Papunya and features a large salt lake and sacred spring. She often uses intricate dotting in combination with careful line work to represent the landscape in her works.
Her works have been exhibited widely throughout Australia and internationally, and she was recently invited to feature in Outstation Gallery’s Rising Stars, 2018.