Walangkura Napanangka lived a traditional nomadic lifestyle in the Western Desert of the Northern Territory. She was born in 1946 and came into the Haasts Bluff community in the early 1960’s. Her paintings reflect the lanscape around Kintore and the travels of the spirit Kutungka Napanangka. The concentric shapes denote the aspects of the landscape important to the the Kutunga Napanangka story.
Her very thick layers of paint partly obscure the line work used to tell the story as a way of masking the true maenings from those who are not allowed the specific knowledge imparted by the painting.
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 also 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. Sadly she passed away in 2014