aboriginal artist: Walangkura Napanangka (Uta Uta)

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 travelled 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.

AWARDS
2005 Redlands Westpac Art Prize

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2004 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2003 Recent Paitings, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Turning 20, Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2007 Pintupi- Mixed Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2007 Recent Paintings 2007, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2007 24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, Northern Territory Australia.
2007 Papunya Tula Women, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
2007 Papunya Tula, Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia, Australia.
2007 Papunya Tula 2007, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2006 Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2006 Paintings By Papunya Tula Artists, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2006 Well Represented, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2006 Pintupi Dreaming, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2006 The Desert Mob Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alive Springs, NT
2006 Luminous: Contemporary Art From The Australian Desert, Grafton Regional Art Gallery,
NSW
2006 Papunya Tula Artists: Recent Paintings, Harriet Place, Darwin, NE
2006 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Vic
2006 Pintupi, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK
2006 34th Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2006 Papunya Tula Artists 2006, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
2005 New Works From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Perth, WA
2005 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2005 New Work For A New Space, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2005 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
2005 Strong and Stately, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2004 All About The Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2004 Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2004 Works From Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2004 Kuniya Pilkati, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic

2003 Christmas Gift Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2003 Pintupi Art From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2003 Aboriginal Art 2003, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Vic
2002 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2000 Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Art Galerie Bahr, Speyer, Germany
2000 Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2000 Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2000 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi., Melbourne, Vic
2000 Pintupi Women, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
1999 Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW
1999 Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
1999 16th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums & Art Gallery of the
Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
1998 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
1998 15th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums & Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1997 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
1997 14th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums & Art Gallery of the
Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1997 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1997 Chapman Gallery, Manuka, ACT

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

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Luminous- Contemporary Art From The Australian Desert, exhibition catalogue, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia 2005.
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.