Nelson Nayilibidj is named after his grandfather (mawah, father’s father), Nelson Maldjiwa Nayilibidj. His work is striking in its originality and experimentation with rarrk patterns, forms, washes and composition. Nayilibidj usually prefers working with natural ochres, and often chooses unusual natural pigments such as lemon yellow which are not often used by others. He also produces bold acrylic compositions on paper.
He often paints the Dreamings and animals from his homeland of Kunburrayi, in the Stone Country downstream from Kabulwarnamyo.