Highlight: Yukultji Napangati

Yukultji Napangati, Pintupi people / Untitled 2014 / Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen / The James C Sourris, AM, Collection. Purchased 2015 with funds from James C Sourris, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Glenn Manser shares a few thoughts on his favourite work in the Collection.

Among the hubbub of the APT8 opening night and the kaleidoscopic representations of a multiplicity of cultures, there was one particular work on display — a recent addition to the Collection — that simply mesmerised me. This large and strikingly beautiful painting by Indigenous Australian artist Yukultji Napangati dominated the second-floor walkway of GOMA.

Recently acquired through the generous support of Foundation Committee member James C Sourris, AM, this memorable piece radiates the autumn hues of country associated with Marrapinti, west of Kiwirrkura in the Pollock Hills of Western Australia. This finely dotted work of vivid oranges and yellows reflects the undulating and quirky striations of Napangati’s country. The roundel, imaginatively integrated into the painting, captures not only the creek and cave at this site but also, more symbolically, the ceremonies that were ancestrally performed by Pintupi women.

The incorporation of this painting, together with another of equal proportions on loan from the Hassall Collection for APT8, subtly reminds the passer-by that in an exhibition that promotes art in the context of contemporary Asia and the Pacific, Indigenous Australian artists like Yukultji Napangati bring a sensitivity to country and culture that resonates with both sophistication and continuity.

Glenn Manser is an art collector, QAGOMA benefactor and Foundation member.

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)
is the Gallery’s flagship exhibition focused on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.
Until Sunday 10 April 2016

Exhibition Founding Sponsor: Queensland Government
Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Audi Australia