Walangkura Napanangka was born circa 1946 at Tjiturulnga near Lake Mackay in the Gibson Desert, in the far north west of the Northern Territory. Walangkura and her family members of the Pintupi group in 1956 were relocated from Lake McDonald to the Haasts Bluff settlement in order to gain access to food and water. The group walked the distance spanning hundreds of kilometres, an incredible feat. In 1981 the group were able to return back to their homeland of the Kintore, Walangkurru.
Living in the Haasts Bluff settlement and having artistically accomplished parents (both now deceased) Inyuwa Nampitjinpa and Tutuma Tjapangati as well as a sister Pirrmangka Napanangka (deceased), naturally instilled and highlighted Walangkura’s capabilities as an artist.
Walangkura’s first experience as an artist in her own right was in 1995 when she participated in the ‘Kintore – Haasts Bluff’ collaborative canvas project . As a result Walangkura developed a penchant for art and joined the Papunya Tula artists group in the following year of 1996.
Walangkura currently resides in Kiwirrkurra with her husband Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula; also an accomplished artist. Walangkura continues to mesmerize audiences with her artistic interpretations of women’s ceremonies making her a sought after feature in many private and public exhibitions including the Art Gallery of NSW and the National Art Gallery.