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Walangkura Napanangka

(Australia circa 1946 – )

Walungurru (Kintore), Western Desert region
Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region


Not on display
Further information

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).

Place of origin
Walungurru (Kintore), Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Walungurru (Kintore)/Western Desert region
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
Accession number
© Walangkura Napanangka. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd