Walangkura Napanangka







Walangkura Napanangka


Born:                  c1946 
Region:                Central Desert Community: 
Outstation:            Tjturrulnga 
Language:              Pintupi 
Social Affiliation:    Napangka 
Medium:                Acrylic on canvas. 

Awards:
2005 1st prize Redlands Westpac Art Prize

Collections:
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands. 
Art Gallery of New South Wales. 
Artbank. 
Gabrielle Pizzi Collection. 
Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory. 
The Kelton Foundation, USA. 

Exhibitions:
Individual Exhibitions: 
2004 - Walangkura Napanangka, Utopia Art Sydney. 
2003 - Walangkura Napanangka: Recent Paintings, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne. 

Group Exhibitions:
2005 - Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria; Luminus:
selected works from the Helen Read Collection, touring; Papunya Tula Artists - new 
work for a new space, Utopia Art Sydney. 

2004 - Pintupi Art 2004, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, South Australia; 
Papunya Tula Artists - 2004, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria; All About 
Papunya, Chapman Gallery Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; The Inner And The 
Outer, Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany; Mythology and Reality
- Contemporary Aboriginal Desert Art from the Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Heidi 
Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; 21st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait 
Islander Art Award, Darwin, Northern Territory; EXPLAINED, A closer look at Aboriginal
art, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Ma Yungu/Pass It On, Framed 
Gallery, Darwin, NT; Melbourne Art Fair 2004, Royal Exhibition Building,
Melbourne; Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT; 
Mythology & Reality, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Victoria. 

2003 - Pintupi Art 2003, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, South Australia; 
Recent Paintings By The Women Artists Of Kintore And Kiwirrkura, Gallery Gabrielle 
Pizzi, Melbourne; Aboriginal Art 2003, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Victoria;
Pintupi Art From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Perth, Western Australia; 
Masterpieces From The Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London, United Kingdom; 
Papunya Tula Artists - A Gift From The Desert, Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales; 
Pintupi Artists,Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

2002 - Paintings From Our Country, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, South 
Australia; Aboriginal Art 2002, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne; William Mora 
Galleries, Melbourne; Pintupi Mens' and Womens' Stories, Indigenart, Perth; Art Born 
Of The Western Desert, Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory; Saluting Papunya, 
Chapman Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory; Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula
Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory; Melbourne Art Fair 2002, Royal Exhibition
Building, Melbourne. 

2001 - Size Doesn't Matter - Papunya Tula Painting 1997-2001, William Mora Galleries,
Melbourne; Art of the Pintupi, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, South 
Australia; Six Painters From Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney; 
Dreamscapes-Contemporary Desert Art, Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark; Papunya 
Tula Aboriginal Art, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne; Papunya Tula 30th Anniversary
Exhibition, Chapman Gallery,Canberra, ACT; Indigenart, Perth; The Desert Mob Art Show, 
Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory; Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya 
Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT; Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, 
Melbourne; Museum, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney; 31st Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, 
Alice Springs, Northern Territory; Flinders University Art Museum, Flinders University, 
Bedford Park, South Australia. 

2000 - Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Art Galerie Bahr, Speyer, Germany; Papunya Tula: 
Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Framed Gallery, Darwin; 
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; Pintupi Women', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice 
Springs, Northern Territory. 

1999 - Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney; Flinders University Art Museum, Flinders University,
Bedford Park, South Australia; 16th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art
Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Gallery Gabrielle 
Pizzi, Melbourne; New Horizons 2000, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne. 

1998 - The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory;
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, VIC; 15th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art 
Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Art Of The Aborigines,
Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Melbourne Art Fair, 
Melbourne. 

1997 - Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; 14th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait 
Islander Art Award 1997, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; The 
Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory; Chapman 
Gallery, Manuka, Canberra. 

1996 - Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, Alice Springs, Northern Territory; Museum & Art 
Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney; A/S Art 
Foundation, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory. 


Select Bibliography:
Isaacs, J., Spirit Country: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Hardie Grant Books, San 
Francisco, 1999.
 
Mellor, D. and Megaw V., Twenty Five Years and Beyond, Papunya Tula Paintings, 
exhibition catalogue, 
Flinders Art Museum, Flinders Press, Adelaide, 1999. 

Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South 
Wales, Sydney, 2000.
 
Bardon, Geoffrey; Ryan, Judith; Pizzi, Gabrielle; Stanhope, Zara., Mythology and 
Reality - 
Contemporary Aboriginal Desert Art from the Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Heidi Museum 
of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2004. 

Walangkura Napanangka: Recent Paintings, exhibition catalogue, Gallery Gabrielle 
Pizzi, 2003. 

Bahr, Elizabeth. The Unseen in Scene, exhibition catalogue, Aboriginal Art Galerie 
Bahr, Speyer, Germany, 2000. 

Dreamscapes-Contemporary Desert Art, exhibition catalogue, Mostings Hus,
 Frederiksberg, Denmark, 2001. 

Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Aboriginal Art 2002, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, 2002.

Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Aboriginal Art 2003, exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, 2003.

Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Masterpieces From The Western Desert, exhibition catalogue,
London, 2003


 Discovery Media, Documentation Pty Ltd, and the Australian 
Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Notes:
Walangkura Napanangka was born in 1946 at Tjiturulnga, west of Alice Springs. She came to 
Haasts Bluff before finally residing in Kintore. In 1996 Walangkura commenced painting for 
Papunya Tula Artists. Now an accomplished, respected artist Walangkura unveils a masterpiece 
in every painting she completes. 







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