Bess Napanangka Poulson was born in 1972 and comes from Yuendumu Community approximately 300km from Alice Springs in Central Australia. Bess was born into a family of artists, her mother is Mary Anne Nampijinpa Michael's and her sister is Portia Napanangka Michael's, both well-known Warlukurlangu artists.
Ness began painting for Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, in 2009.
Warlukurlangu Artists provides an outlet for Warlpiri artists to paint their cultural heritage and earn income from their work.
Bess paints her mother’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features and the flora and fauna that inhabit it. These stories have been passed down through the generations for millennia.