Walangkura Napanangka Biography
Walangkura was born around 1946 in Tjiturulnga, Kintore, in the far west of the Northern Territory.
When she was young her family walked hundreds of kilometres to reach food and water at the newly established settlement of Haasts bluff, where they stayed for a number of years before returning to their homeland.
Walangkura comes from a family of artists, her parents, Inyuwa Nampitjinpa and Tutuma Tjapangati, and her sister, Pirrmangka Napanangka, are all respected artists. Her husband, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, is also an artist of note.
Walangkura began painting through the Kintore-Haasts Bluff canvas project. In 1996 she began painting for Papunya Tula artists, a highly respected arts centre.
Walangkura’s work depicts the dreaming stories and ceremonial sites associated with her traditional homeland. Her work is characterised by the use of a traditional palette, limited mostly to ochre tones such as oranges, browns, reds and yellows. Her use of free flowing lines and circular forms creates a sense of powerful energy.
Walangkura’s work has been widely exhibited and is included in a number of important private and public collections in both Australia and overseas.
Written by Mairin Donnelly
Walangkura Napanangka Description
Walangkura Napanangka Resumé
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Gabrielle Pizzi Collection
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
National Gallery of Australia
1997 - 2002 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs 1998 'Sztuka Aborygenow' - (Art of the Aborigines), Warsaw, Poland
1999 Flinders Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide
2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs
2000 Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius at the Art Gallery of NSW
2001 Dreamscapes - Contemporary Desert Art, Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark
2003 Mythology and Reality, S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2003 Solo Exhibition - Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2004 Walangkura Napanangka, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Across Skin - Women Artists of the Western Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2006 Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Arts Sydney, Sydney
Luminaries of the Desert, Japinka Gallery, Perth
2008 Red Desert Gallery, Eumundi QLD