Jukuja Dolly Snell Kurtal, The Great Sandy Desert, WA, 1935-2015


Jukuja Dolly Snell (c.1935 - 2015, Kurtal, The Great Sandy Desert) was one of the artists that shaped the Aboriginal Art boom in the 1990's. She featured in significant group shows such as the National Gallery of Victoria's groundbreaking Images of Power in 1993. She developed a successful solo career with a distinctive style and voice. Her vibrant palette is masterfully layered with delicate detail and soft shapes that celebrate the iconic beauty of her country. Snell received the ultimate acknowledgement of her achievements when she was awarded the esteemed overall prize at the Telstra Art Awards in 2015.


Her work is held in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.