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Walangkura Napanangka (Uta Uta's Widow)

PAPUNYA TULA ARTISTS

Born Circa 1922
Region: Western Desert

 

BIOGRAPHY

Walangkura Napanangka (Uta Uta Tjangala's widow) was born sometime in the mid 1940s beside a rockhole near where the Tjukurla community was later established. As a young person she traveled with her large family group in the country between Punkilpirri near Docker River, north to Walukirritji rockhole on the south-western side of 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 Haasts Bluff settlement, when she was in her early teens. While living in Haasts Bluff Walangkura worked for a period in the community laundrey, but later moved to Papunya to live with her husband Uta Uta Tjangala, who was one of the original shareholders of Papunya Tula Artists. She is the daughter of Inyuwa Nampitjinpa and the sister of Pirrmangka Napanangka who both painted for Papunya Tula Artists.

Walangkura began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in early 1996. Along with her husband Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, shares her time between Kintore and Kiwirrkura. In 1999 Walangkura contributed to the Kiwirrkura womens painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Hamiltons GAllery, Pintupi, exhibition catalogue, London, UK 2006
Ryan J. Land Marks, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Aboriginal Art 2006, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne,VIC
Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Aboriginal Art 2005, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, VIC
Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Aboriginal Art 2003, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, VIC
Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Aboriginal Art 2002, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, VIC
Dreamscapes - Contemporary Desert Art, exhibition catlogue, Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark 2001
Papunya Tula, Genesis and Genius, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales 2000
Elizabeth Bahr, The unseen in scene, exhibition catalogue, Aboriginal Art Galerie Bahr, Speyer, Germany 2000
Mellor D. & Megaw V. Twenty-Five Years and Beyond, Papunya Tulla Paintings, exhibition catalogue, Flinders Art Museum, Adelaide, SA, Flinders Press 1999
Bahr E. The Unseen in Scene, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000.
Mellor D. & Megaw V. Twenty five Years and Beyond, Papunya Tula paintings, exhibition catalogue, Flinders Art Museum, Adelaide, 1999.

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Araluen Art Centre
Artbank

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