Yukultji Napangati

Yukultji Napangati is a rising star of the Papunya Tula Artists. She first came to the notice of a wider audience through her inclusion in the 2005 Primavera exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She is renowned for her shimmering surfaces and subtle use of colour, however as an artist, she continues to explore all possibilities. in 2018 she won the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Born circa 1971 near Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), "Yukultji was still a young girl when her family group came out of the desert into Kiwirrkurra in 1984, making national headlines as the 'last' of the desert nomads to make 'first contact'" (Vivien Johnson, 2008). Yukultji began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1996. 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.


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Yukultji Napangati 2024

The National Gallery of Australia has acquired a major painting by Pintupi artist Yukuljti Napangati

Wynne Prize 2022From May 14, 2022

Yukuljti Napangati has been selected as a finalist in this year's Wynne Prize at the AGNSW.

Round About or Inside30 September to 20 November 2021

Yukultji Napangati is included in this exhibition which explores how artists from multiple geographic and cultural contexts approach the spaces and sites that mark our lives.

 At the Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane

Image:  Yukultji Napangati 

Papunya Tula: 50 YearsFebruary 27 - April 4, 2021

SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

To celebrate 50 years since painting began at Papunya, NT, this exhibition includes over 100 artists from 3 generations.  The painters of the Western Desert have achieved recognition worldwide. 

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Yukultji NapangatiAugust 2020 to January 2021

Yukultji Napangati has been selected as a finalist for the ninth time in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. 

Material PlaceJune 21 - September 7, 2019

Material Place - Reconsidering Australian Landscapes, explores the intricate connection between people and places.  Including Yukultji Napangati. 

University of NSW Galleries, Sydney 

Desert Painters of Australia at GagosianMay 3 - July 3, 2019

The world's most influentual art dealer, Larry Gagosian, will exhibit 10 Australian Indigenous painters from the collection of actor Steve Martin, and the Kluge-Ruhe Museum at his gallery in New York.   Included are Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Yukultji Napangati, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Naata Ngunurrayi and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri.

Yukultji Napangati Wynne Prize winner 201812 May - 9 September , 2018

Yukultji Napangati has won the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. 

Marking The InfiniteUntil February, 2019

Yukultji Napangati and Wintjiya Napaltjarri are included in this touring exhibition of a selection of the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl. The exhibition of of nine contemporary indigenous Australian women artists travels to Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington DC, before it finishes in Vancouver in early 2019.

Yukultji Napangati in APTDecember 2015

View major works by Yukultji Napangati at the Asia Pacific Triennial, at QAGOMA, until 10 April, 2016.

Yukultji Napangati: AGNSW acquisitionOctober 25

 The Art Gallery of New South Wales has recently acquired a major canvas by Yukultji Napangati from her solo exhibition with us earlier this year.

Congratulations Yukultji!

Review: Yukultji NapangatiJune 2014

Follow the link below to view Sharne Wolff's review of Yukultji Napangati's show.


Yukultji Napanagati - 2013 Wynne PrizeApril 2013

Catch Yukultji Napangati’s highly commended painting in the 2013 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 2 June 2013.

Yukultji Napangati Wins the 2012 Alice PrizeJune 2012

Congratulations to Yukultji Napangati who has been awarded the 37th Alice Prize, a national contemporary art award, judged this year by Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Paintings by Yukultji Napangati will be on display at the Utopia Art Sydney stand at the Melbourne Art Fair 2012 in August.

Congratulations to Yukultji NapangatiApril 2011

Congratulations to Yukultji Napangati who was runner up in this year's Wynne Prize. The judges narrowed the field to five artists and then two. Yukultji's painting will be hanging in the Wynne Prize at the AGNSW until 26th June.