YUKULTJI NAPANGATI
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Yukultji Napangati (c. 1970) is a Pintupi woman and a rising star in the contemporary Indigenous Arts. Born near Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), on the border between Western Australia and the Northern Territory, from her birth until 1984 she had no contact with white Australia, living with eight members of her immediate family (the so-called ‘lost tribe’). Like her brother fellow artist Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, her paintings articulate her relationship to her country and the experience of her upbringing.

Yukultji Napangati paints in a linear and optical style characteristic of Pintupi artists, creating vibrant, shimmering aerial landscapes that poetically convey lived and learned experience of place. Now based in Kiwirrkura and a member of the Papunya Tula co-operative, she began painting in 1996 following in the footsteps of senior women Pintupi artists such as Makinti Napanangka, Inuywa Nampitjinpa and Walangkura Napanangka. Napangati’s recent paintings refer to seasons, significant sites, landscapes and ceremonies in the Western desert, using sinuous lines to describe sand hills and mushrooming shapes disrupting the dotted line composition to invoke the flowing water of the rain season.

Yukultji Napangati first came to the notice of a wider audience through her inclusion in the prestigious Primavera exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in 2005. This is an invitational non- selling exhibition for young Australian artists under the age of thirty-five years. In September 2009 Yukultji travelled to New York, along with fellow artist Doreen Reid Nakamarra, to attend the exhibition ‘Nganana Tjungurringanyi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja – We Are Here Sharing Our Dreaming’, at the Washington Square East Gallery. In 2011 and 2013 she made the final selection for the Wynne Prize for landscape painting at the AGNSW and in 2015 was invited to exhibit in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Her work is included in significant public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the Hood Museum of Art, USA.

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014  Yukultji Napangati, Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (2013 – PRESENT)
2016  Landstract Abscape, Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2016  Wynne Landscape Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
2016  Tjukurrmanu Maru & Tjulkura – Dreaming In Black & White, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin,
Northern Territory, Australia.
2016  Marking The Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, Newcomb Art
Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
2015  Papunya Tula Artists – Indigenous Paintings From Australia’s Western Desert, Brumby Ute Gallery,
Aspen, Colorado, USA.
2015  32nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, Northern Territory,
Australia.
2015  Desert Mob 2015, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2015  Annual Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2015  Community VII, Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2015  8th Asia Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery Of Modern Art, Brisbane,
Queensland, Australia.
2014  Wynne Landscape Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
2014  Summer Show, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2014  Salon des refusés, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2014  Kiwirrkura Women, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2014  Community VI, Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2013  All-Over Country, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2013  Wynne Landscape Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
2013  Crossing Cultures – The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA.
2013  Travelling Through Country, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2013  Painting Now – Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2013  Language Of The Land, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2013  Salon des refusés, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2013  Desert Mob 2013, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2013  Recent Works, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2013  Community V, Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2013  Papunya Tula Artists – Masters Of The Western Desert Of Australia, Harvey Art Projects USA, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA.

COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Australia.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia.
Artbank.
Griffith University Art Collection.
National Gallery of Victoria.
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA. Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Toledo Musuem of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Queensland Gallery Of Modern Art, Australia.

 AWARDS
2013  Highly Commended, Wynne Landscape Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
2012  The Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2011  Highly Commended, Wynne Landscape Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Interested in the work of Yukultji Napangati? Feel free to contact us on (02) 9660 7799 or [email protected] for more info

Yukultji Napangati, Untitled (2017), Acrylic on Belgian linen, 122 x 91cm
Yukultji Napangati, Untitled (2017), Acrylic on Belgian linen, 122 x 91cm
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