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Yaritji Young

Yaritji Young

Yaritji Young is a respected senior Pitjantjatjara woman and multidisciplinary artist living and working in Amata, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of far north South Australia. Her vibrant, gestural paintings depict the spectacular desert landscape of her Country and tell the story of the Tjala, the Honey Ant; an important creation story for the Pitjantjatjara people.

Young is the daughter of distinguished artists Mick Wikilyiri and Paniny Mick, and the eldest of the five Ken sisters with whom she often works collaboratively to great acclaim, winning the prestigious Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2016 and the Adelaide Biennale commission in 2018.

In addition to the accolades received for her collaborative work, Young has been named as a finalist in the Wynne Prize for her solo practice in 2017, 2018, 2019, and again in 2021.

In 2021, Young was recognised as a finalist at the 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards presented by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin for the sixth time in her career, in addition to being shortlisted for the Hadley’s Art Prize in Hobart, Tasmania. Young will also present a solo body of work in this year's Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Young's paintings and weaved objects have been acquired by prominent collections in Australia and overseas, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore and the Fondation Opale, Switzerland.

© The Artist, Tjala Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2021


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Please see our current exhibition of new work by Yaritji Young here