Yinarupa Nangala

Yinarupa Nangala

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DOB: c.1959
Born: west of Kiwirrkurra, WA
COMMUNITY: Kiwirrkurra, WA

Yinarupa Nangala is a Pintupi woman who was born west of what is Kiwirrkurra community today, towards Jigalong. She is the daughter of one of Papunya Tula Artists greats, Anatjari Tjampitjinpa; sister of Ray James Tjangala and half-sister (by Anatjari) to Mantua.

Yinarupa Nangala was a co-wife with, amongst others, Ningura Napurrula of another Papunya Tula great, Yala Yala Gibbs. Thus, she is also related by marriage into George Ward Tjungurrayi's and Willy Tjungurrayi's families.

Yinarupa started to paint in 1996, her motherhood duties being substantially complete. For some time she gained only moderate recognition for her works.This gradually changed in the late 2000s and by 2009 her somewhat austere style was finally be recognized for what it is, classic Pintupi art at its best.

She paints the country around Mukula and the women's ceremony associated with it. The story is passed down from her father's mother. The shapes in the painting represent the features of the country, as well as bush foods. Women are represented by the 'U' shapes and kampararpa berries are represented by the circles.

The tree like shapes that run across her paintings are the trees used to make spears. This is Yinarupa's unique representation of the story that Turkey Tolsen and his sister, Mitjili Napurulla, paint (both of whom are also family).


  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • The Luczo Family Collection, USA
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice

Awards and Recognition

2016 33rd NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2015 32nd NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2014 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Finalist
2014 31st NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2010 Alice Art Prize, Alice Springs - Finalist and Honourable Mention
2010 Western Australian Art Prize, Perth - Finalist
2009 26th NATSIAA, Darwin - Winner General Painting Award
2009 Western Australian Art Prize, Perth - Finalist
2008 25th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2008 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin - Finalist


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2007 Yinarupa Nangala, John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 50 Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Pintupi Masters - Enduring Dreamings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Director's Choice 2020, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Defining Tradition: the first wave & its disciples, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Pintupi Artists of the Western Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2018 Community IX, Utopia Art, Sydney
2018 Papunya Tula Artists: Visual Rhythm II, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2018 Sydney Contemporary 2018, Carriageworks, Sydney
2017 Community VIII, Utopia Art, Sydney
2016 The Last Hurrah, Utopia Art, Sydney
2015 Wynners, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2015 Kanaputa - Women's Lore, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2014 Community VI, Utopia Art, Sydney
2014 Tjukurrpa Ngaatjanya Maru Kamu Tjulkura - Dreaming in Black and White, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2013 Painting Now, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Heirs and Successors, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2012 Unique Perspectives: Papunya Tula Artists and the Alice Springs Community, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2011 Thinking Outside the Square, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2011 Papunya Tula Women's Art, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland
2010 Stories from the Centre, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2010 Papunya Tula Artists: Art of the Western Desert, Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley
2010 Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2010 Ngurra Kutju Ngurrara - Belonging To One Country, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2009 Nganana Tjungurrayi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja: We are Here Sharing our Dreaming, East Galleries, New York
2008 Ngurra Yurru Kulintjaku - Always Remembering Country, CCAE, Darwin
2008 Papunya Tula Artists 2008, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2008 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
2008 Pintupi Art 2008, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2008 Pintupi - Mixed Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2007 Kiwirrkurra Women, Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2007 Papunya Tula Woman, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Aboriginal Art 2007, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2007 Recent Paintings 2007, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2007 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2007 Rising Stars, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2007 The Black and White Show, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2007 Pintupi Art 2007, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2007 Pintupi - Mixed Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Papunya Tula Artists - Recent Paintings, Harriet Place, Darwin
2005 Pintupi Women, Indigenart, Perth
2004 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2001 Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art, Comunidad de Madrid touring exhibition, Spain