Walangkura Napanangka was born in 1946 at Tjiturulnga, west of Walungurru (Kintore) in the far west of the Northern Territory. Her parents were Inyuwa Nampitjinpa and Tutuma Tjapangati, who were also artists. Her sister Pirrmangka Napanangka (now deceased) was also a well known artist.Her family was among a group of Pintupi people who made their way to the Ikuntji settlement (Haasts Bluff) in 1956. They walked hundreds of kilometres from west of the salt lake of Karrkurutinjinya (Lake Macdonald) to gain access to the food and water at the settlement. The family returned to their home country community of Walungurru (Kintore) in 1981.
Walangkura began her artistic career in 1995 by participating in the collaborative canvas project ‘Minyma Tjukurrpa’ between the Kintore and Haasts Bluff communities. She subsequently joined and began painting with Papunya Tula Artists in 1996. Sadly, she passed away in 2014.
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands.
National Art Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Melbourne.
The Kelton Foundation, USA.
Museums and Art Galleries of Northern Territory, Darwin
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