Walangkura Napanangka (Pirrmangka's sister) 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
deceased) was also a well known artist (see example of her work
on our Web site).
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.
Walangkura began her artistic career in 1995 by participating
in the collaborative canvas project 'Minyma Tjukurrpa' between
the Kintore and Haasts Bluff communities. She subsequently joined
and began painting with Papunya Tula Artists in 1996.
She now lives at Kiwirrkurra with her husband and fellow artist
Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula.