Walangkura Napanangka Paintings

Walangkura Napanangka - Senior Pintupi artist, b.1940 Gibson Desert, lived Kintore, painted Tjukurrpa stories and ceremonies.


Womens Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Womens Ceremony

Jap 000992  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

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Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 001008  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 115 cm


Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 004116  |  acrylic on linen  |  205 x 154 cm


Walangkura Napanangka Paintings
Pintupi artist Walangkura Napanangka is represented in major national collections including at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, Artbank and Kelton Foundation and in major international private collections.

Her painting style is classic example of the Western Desert art technique, with bold iconography that depicts the story, and then highlights of colour dot painting around the symbols. The field is then in-filled with further dot painting.

Walangkura Napanangka focuses on the Jukurrpa or Dreaming stories belonging to the women of her area in the Gibson Desert to the west of Kintore. Walangkura paints stories of sites mark the epic journey of the ancestor figure Kutungka Napanangka, as she travelled eastwards from the Gibson Desert country beyond Kiwirrkurra in the west, across sandhill country to an area of surrounding rockholes, depicted by concentric circles, that lie south west of Mt Liebig.

Kutungka is a powerful Ancestor figure, capable of devouring humans, and her story intersects with other Dreamings as she traverses the great tracts of Pintupi country.

Aboriginal Art Status

Highly collectable artist

Selected Exhibitions

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 New South Wales, Sydney
2001 Dreamscapes – Contemporary Desert Art, Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark
2003 Mythology and Reality at the S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2003 Solo Exhibition – Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2005 Across Skin – Women Artists of the Western Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2006 Luminaries of the Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2008 Women’s Law, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA