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Walangkura Napanangka


circa 1946 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Walungurru (Kintore) Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Walungurru (Kintore)/Western Desert region
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on linen
    122.6 x 108.6 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Ray Wilson 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Walangkura Napanangka. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Artist information
    Walangkura Napanangka

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  • About

    Walangkura Napanangka was born in the mid 1940s in the area that it is now home to the community of Tjukurla, WA. She grew up travelling with her large family group in the country between Punkilpirri, near Docker River, and Walukirritji rockhole on the south western side of Karrkurrintinytja (Lake Macdonald). Her family were met by a welfare patrol which included Nosepeg Tjupurrula, and were invited to travel in with other Pintupi people to the Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) settlement. While living in Ikuntji Napanangka worked in the community laundry.

    She later moved to Papunya to live with her husband Uta Uta Tjangala who was one of the original shareholders of Papunya Tula Artists. Napanangka first painted for Papunya Tula Artists in 1997. Since 2002 she has spent more time living at Walungurru (Kintore) and Kiwirrkura and as a result has painted more regularly. In 2005, Napanangka won the Redlands Westpac Art Prize and in 2006 was included in the Alice Prize at the Araluen Centre, Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Walungurru (Kintore)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Well represented, Utopia Art Sydney Pty Ltd, Alexandria, 14 Oct 2006–11 Dec 2006

Other works by Walangkura Napanangka

See all 7 works