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Museum quality Walangkura

December 2011


Women's Ceremony Dreaming by Aboriginal artist Walangkura Napanangka
Women's Ceremony Dreaming
by Aboriginal artist Walangkura Napanangka
synthetic polymers on linen, 120cm x 180cm

We are pleased to be able to offer a major Australian Aboriginal artwork by arguably one of the most collected and admired elder artists: Walangkura Napanangka.

Walangkura's artworks are now very difficult to acquire and larger pieces particularly so.

For those of you not familiar with Walangkura, she was born c. 1945 in the Western Desert around Kintore.

She married Uta Uta Tjangala (deceased), one of the original and most highly respected Aboriginal artists from Papunya.

In 1985, Walangkura started to paint and, from the outset, produced work that was accomplished and yet set new boundaries.

Sadly, Walangkura's eyesight has failed and she is no longer painting.

Walangkura's paintings are held by the:

  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Artbank, Sydney
  • The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
  • Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
  • Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • Queensland Art Gallery.

"Women's Ceremony Dreaming" (photo above) is a particularly impressive canvas, both in its scope, technical competence and its large size. Her masterly use of colour is absolutely unique in Aboriginal art.

Painted in 2006, it shows Walangkura at the very pinnacle of her abilities. Sadly, works like this are not often seen.

If you would like further information regarding this or any artworks on our website, please contact us directly.
Anthony Smith and the asart team

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