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Salon 94
Untitled, 2018
Acrylic on linen
97 1/4 x 73 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (framed) 95 1/12 x 71 7/8 in. (unframed)


Yukultji Napangati was born in Wilkinkarra, Western Australia circa 1971 and lives and works in Kiwirrkura, Western Australia. For more than twenty years, Napangati has created gorgeous, shimmering paintings which evoke the vast Western Desert where she was born. Minimalist in palette and formally abstract, her epic paintings draw on Dreamings: the ancestral myths that were passed down to the artist from her mother and her mother’s mother. These narratives – told again and again – are symbolically embedded in the architecture of the interconnected lines and dots that cover the picture plane. Her paintings feel sequential, as if one begets another, yet each holds a dynamism and rigor all to its own. She was recently featured in the traveling exhibition, organized by the Nevada Museum of Art, Donald W. Reynolds Center for the Visual Arts: E.L. Weigand Gallery, Reno, NV which travelled to multiple museums around the world. Her work has been shown in over 80 exhibitions in Australia and overseas including 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, the Toledo Museum of Art, OH, and the Seattle Art Museum, WA. In 2012, Napangati won the Alice Prize, an award for Australian artists in Alice Springs. In 2018, she won the Wynne Prize for landscape painting. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, NH, The Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, the Milwaukee Art Museum, WI, and the Toledo Museum of Art, OH.

Images courtesy of Salon 94 and the artist.