c. 1948 -

Yinarupa Nangala started painting in 1996 and has recently leaped into the international public eye, gaining recognition in the contemporary art world. In 2010 she received an honorable mention at the 36th Alice Art Prize, a National Contemporary Art Award, and more recently she was a finalist for the prestigious Wynne Prize in 2014 at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Australia, but also featured in shows in Europe and the United States.

Yinarupa lives at the Kiwirrkura Community in Western Australia and is related to several internationally renowned artists, being the sister of artist Ray James Tjangala, daughter of late Anatjari Tjampitjinpa (former shareholder of Papunya Tula Artists), and by marriage related into George Ward Tjungurrayi’s and Willy Tjungurrayi’s families.

The iconography and shapes in the paintings of Yinarupa Nangala represent the features of the country through which her female ancestors travelled as well as the bush foods they gathered. Her style is characterised by a traditional Pintupi dot technique and evokes an instinctive sense of space, referring to significant topographic sites of her homeland Mukula, south-west of Jupiter Well in Western Australia.


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


2014 Finalist – Wynne Prize, AGNSW
2010 Finalist – Western Australian Art Prize, Perth
2010 Honorable Mention, 36th Alice Art Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2009 Finalist – Western Australian Art Prize, Perth
2009 26th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin


2012 ‘Tjukurrpa Ngaatjanya Maru Kamu Tjulkura – Dreaming in Black and White’, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2010 ‘Papunya Tula Artists: Art of the Western Desert, Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
2010 ‘Ngurra Kutju Ngurrara – Belonging To One Country’, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2009 ‘Nganana Tjungurringanyi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja – We Are Here Sharing Our Dreaming’, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York, USA
2007 ‘The Black And White Show’, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2001 ‘Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art’, Comunidad de Madrid touring exhibition, Spain

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Yinarupa Nangala, Women's Ceremony, 2014, acrylic on linen, 153 x 244 cm
Yinarupa Nangala, Women's Ceremony, 2014, acrylic on linen, 160 x 350 cm
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