Yukultji Napangati

Yukultji Napangati

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DOB: c.1971
Born: Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), Gibson Desert, WA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pintupi
COMMUNITY: Kiwirrkurra, WA

Yukultji Napangati was born in the Gibson Desert at Marruwa, a waterhole near Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), around 1971. Until 1984, Yukultji lived a traditional, nomadic lifestyle having no contact whatsoever with western civilisation.

In 1984, Yukultji with her tribal group which included Walala, Thomas and Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri walked out of the desert region west of Lake Mackay. She and her family were confronted for the first time with non-Indigenous civilisation when they arrived in the town of Kiwirrkurra, near the border of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. They were recognised as being "the last of the nomads", the last of the nine Pintupi people that were forced to come into the white man's way of life, due to lack of water, food and poor living conditions in the desert after a prolonged drought.

Yukultji now lives in Kiwirrkurra, not far from Kintore, and is married to Charlie Ward Tjakamarra, an established Papunya Tula artist in his own right.

Yukultji started painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1996. She often visits with her sister Yalti Napangardi to paint. Both sisters are very sought after Papunya Tula artists, their works having been exhibited in in Australia and overseas, and rapidly being acquired by collectors.

Yukultji chose to paint her mother's country: Marrapinti. She uses acrylic paint rather than natural ochres, and first paints the canvas earth red, priming the canvas to matching the desert country in which she lives. This base colour is sometimes overlayed with another black layer. Thus, the (red) earth and the (black) body become a single, integrated prime base for her work.


Collections

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  • Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice
  • Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art, USA
  • Kaplan & Levi Collection, USA
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne,
  • Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
  • Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, NH, USA
  • Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, WI, USA
  • Toledo Museum of Art, OH, USA

Awards and Recognition

2021 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist
2020 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist
2020 37th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2018 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Winner
2017 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist
2016 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist
2015 32nd NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2014 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist
2013 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist and Highly Commended
2012 Alice Art Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs - Winner
2012 29th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2011 28th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2011 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist and Highly Commended
2010 27th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2009 26th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2007 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin - Finalist
2006 23rd NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist


History

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2020 Yukultji Napangati: Shimmer, Utopia Art, Sydney
2019 Yukultji Napangati, Salon 94 Bowery, New York
2014 Yukultji Napangati, Utopia Art, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021 50 Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2021 SIGNIFICANT, D'Lan Contemporary, Melbourne
2021 MCA Collection: Perspectives on place, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2021 Papunya Tula: 50 years 1971-2021, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2020 Desert Painters of Australia - Two Generations, Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong
2020 Desert Stories, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2020 Pintupi Masters - Enduring Dreamings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019-20 Am Anfang War Das Land, Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany
2019 Desert Painters of Australia, Larry Gagosian Gallery, New York - from the Steve Martin & Anne Springfield Collections and Kluge-Ruhe Collection of the University of Virginia, USA
2019 Celebrating Australian Abstraction, Utopia Art, Sydney
2018 Primavera at 25: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Collection Touring exhibition of regional galleries
2018 Sydney Contemporary 2018, Carriageworks, Sydney
2018 Community IX, Utopia Art Sydney
2017 Who's afraid of colour, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2017 Sydney Contemporary 2017, Carriageworks, Sydney
2017 Community VIII, Utopia Art Sydney, Australia
2016 Tjukurrmanu Maru & Tjulkura - Dreaming In Black & White, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2016 Landstract Abscape, Utopia Art, Sydney
2016 - 2019 Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia - Travelling Exhibition organized by the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts: E.L. Weigand Gallery, Reno, NV (the exhibition travelled to the Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; The Phillips Collection, Washington DC; and the Museum of Anthropology, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 2015 Papunya Tula Artists - Indigenous Paintings From Australia's Western Desert, Brumby Ute Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA
2016 The Last Hurrah, Utopia Art, Sydney
2015 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2015 Community VII, Utopia Art, Sydney
2015 Annual Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2015 Painting from Papunya Tula Artists, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
2015 Collectible, Utopia Art, Sydney
2015 Sydney Contemporary 2015, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW
2015 8th Asia Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery Of Modern Art, Brisbane
2014 Summer Show, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2014 Salon des refuses, Darwin
2014 Kiwirrkurra Women, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2014 Community VI, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Travelling Through Country, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2013 Salon des refuses, Darwin
2013 Recent Works, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2013 Papunya Tula Artists - Masters Of The Western Desert Of Australia, Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, ID, USA
2013 No Boundaries, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Brighton, VIC
2013 Painting Now - Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Language Of The Land, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2013 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2013 Crossing Cultures - The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, USA
2013 Community V, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Salon de Refuses, Darwin
2013 All-Over Country, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2012 Visual Rhythm, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2012 Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2012 Ancestral Modern - Australian Aboriginal Art from the Levi Kaplan Collection, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA
2012 Unique Perspectives - Papunya Tula Artists And The Alice Springs Community, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2012 Tjukurrpa Ngaatjanya Maru Kamu Tjulkura - Dreaming In Black And White, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2012 Sonic Spheres, TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria
2012 Papunya Tula Artists 40th Anniversary Show, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2012 Papunya Tula: Works On Paper, Art Gallery Of New South Wales, Sydney
2012 Forty Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Harvey Art Projects USA, Sun Valley, ID, USA
2012 Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2012 Crossing Cultures - The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH, USA
2012 Ancestral Modern - Australian Aboriginal Art The Kaplan & Levi Collection, Seattle Art Museum, WA
2012 Community IV: Celebrating Forty Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2012 Papunya Tula: Works on Paper, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2012 Travelling Through Country', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2011 Papunya Tula Women's Art', Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW
2011 AAA - Australian Abstract Art, Utopia Art, Sydney
2011 Revival in Small, Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany
2011 Recent Pintupi Works, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2011 Pintupi Trails 2011, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2011 Pintupi Art 2011, A P Bond Gallery, Adelaide
2011 Papunya Tula Artists: Paintings from the Western Desert, Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, VIC
2011 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
2011 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2011 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
2011 Australia in Two Colours, Artkelch Collectors Lounge, Schorndorf, Germany
2011 Art Karlsruhe 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany
2011 40 Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2010 Wilkinkarralakutu - Journeys To Lake Mackay, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2010 Papunya Tula Artists NOW, Utopia Art, Sydney
2010 Recent Paintings, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2010 Papunya Tula Women's Art, Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW
2010 Ngurrakutu - Going Home, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2010 Ngurra Kutju Ngurrara - Belonging To One Country, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2010 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
2010 Community, Utopia Art Sydney, Utopia Art, Sydney
2010 Aboriginal Art 2010, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2009 Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - Same Stories, A New Way, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2009 Pro Community - Papunya Tula Artists, VDMA, Frankfurt, Germany
2009 Pro Community - Papunya Tula Artists, Kunstwerk, Eberdingen-Nussdorf, Germany
2009 Pro Community - Papunya Tula Artists, Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany
2009 Pro Community - Papunya Tula Artists, ArtBar71, Berlin, Germany
2009 Pintupi Women 2009, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2009 Pintupi 2009, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2009 Papunya 2009, Senior Pintupi Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2009 Painting the Country, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2009 Nganana Tjungurringanyi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja: We Are Here Sharing Our Dreaming, New York University, New York
2009 Nganana Tjungurringanyi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja - We Are Here Sharing Our Dreaming, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York
2009 Nganampatju Kanpatja Winki, Nganampatju Yara Winkii - All Our Paintings, All Our Stories, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2009 Marrkangku Yara Palyantjaku Ngurrangka - Making Strong Paintings At Home, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2009 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, The Chan Building, Bennett Park, Darwin
2009 Community - The Heart Of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2008 Pintupi Women, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2008 Pintupi Art 2008, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2008 Papunya Tula Artists 2008, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2008 Ngurra yurru kulintjaku - Always remembering country, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2008 New Paintings from Papunya Tula Artists, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2008 Licht in der Wueste: Aboriginal Art aus der Central und Western Desert, Artkelch at Lichthaus Kirchner, Weinstadt Endersbach, Germany
2008 Kintore to Kiwirrkura - Papunya Tula Artists, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2008 David Larwill and the Western Desert Artists, Stephan Wiess Studio, New York
2008 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Convention Centre, Darwin
2008 20 years of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2007 Women's Business, Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany
2007 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Parliament House, Darwin
2007 Tiwa Ngurrara - Strangers?!, Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany
2007 The Black And White Show, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2007 Survey - Group show of emerging artists, Raft Artspace, Darwin
2007 Rising Stars, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2007 Recent Paintings 2007, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2007 Pintupi Art 2007, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2007 Pintupi - Mixed Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2007 Papunya Tula 2007, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2007 Kiwirrkura Women, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2006 Rising Stars, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2006 Right Here, Right Now: Recent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Acquisitions, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2006 PTA, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Pintupi Dreamtime, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2006 Pintupi Art 2006, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2006 Papunya Tula Artists - Recent Paintings, Harriet Place, Darwin
2006 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2006 Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2006 Home Ground, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts - The University of New South Wales, Sydney
2006 Australian Aboriginal Art 2006/2007, John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
2006 Across The Board, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Rising Stars, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2005 Primavera 2005, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2005 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2005 Pintupi Art 2005, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2005 New Work For A New Space, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 New Ideas, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Living Legends of the Western Desert, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney
2005 Aboriginal Art of the Australian Desert, Anima Mundi Gallery, Lyons, CO, USA
2005 Aboriginal Art 2005, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2004 Works from Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Rising Stars, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2004 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2004 Papunya Tula Artists 2004, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2004 Ma Yungu/Pass It On, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2002 Next Generation - Aboriginal Art 2002, Art House Gallery, Sydney
2002 Family, Utopia Art, Sydney
2002 Art Born Of The Western Desert, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2002 Aboriginal Art 2002, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2001 Pintupi Women From Kintore, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2001 Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2001 Papunya Tula 2001, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Musee des Beaux Arts et d'Archeologie de Vienne, France
2001 Art of the Pintupi, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
1999 Utopia Art, Sydney