Kutungka Napanangka

Kutungka Napanangka

Language:Luritja, PintubiDate of birth:1949-12-31

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Katungka is one of the daughters of Katarra Nampitjinpa, an important Pintupi artist who painted originally with the PapunyaTula Artists and then later with Ikuntji artists at Haasts Bluff. Katungka watched her mother and sister, Permungka, paint for many years but she only started painting regularly after her mother passed away in1999 . Katungka drives 100 kilometres round trip to and from Papunya every day to paint her stories. She is a devout Christian who is married to Pastor Murphy and regularly participates in religious ceremonies. Katungka appears to reconcile both traditions with respect and integrity and is deeply committed to the transmission of knowledge of both cultures. Katungka paints her mother’s dreaming stories or tjukurrpa from her country Ulkapa, near Kintore and the tjukurrpa from her own country at Intinti, both of which are far west of Haast’s Bluff, over the West Australian border. The stories at Intinti involve women hunting for kuniya or carpet snakes with nullanullas. The two kuniya disappear down rockholes, hiding from the women. Katungka lives in Alice Springs now is is an diayalisis patient In 2003 Katungka developed her white saltlake works. These have expanded and developed with fine marking all over the white canvas. Shadow forms are seen as marks in the salt lake. These marks represent people travelling, the wind shifting the salt, animal tracks and the myriad marks left on the salt pan by even the most minor change in the environment.


  • Helen Read Collection

Past Exhibitions

  • Desert Mob Market Place 2019 2019-09-07
  • 3rd Annual Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Art Auction, Darwin and Sydney 2018-05-01
  • Desert Mob Marketplace 2017 2017-12-07
  • 11th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin NT 2017-08-11
  • Ngurra Kutju - Tjukurrpa Tjuta, One Country - Many Stories, Exhibition at Colin Biggers & Paisley, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane 2017-06-20
  • Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair, Tandanya Institute. Adelaide 2015-10-09
  • Art Parade, Whistlewood VIC 2015-04-03
  • Beckworth Gallery, Ballarat, VIC, "Ikuntji Artists" 2009-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Mary Place, Sydney, "Group Show" 2009-01-01
  • Desert Sands Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Mayfair London, U.K., ‘Ikuntji’ 2009-01-01
  • Victoria Carroll and Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi, Battersea London, U.K., ‘Ikuntji’ 2008-01-01
  • Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi Contemporary Fine Art, London England, "Ikuntji Artists" 2008-01-01
  • McCulloch Gallery, Melbourne VIC, "Charity Show" 2008-01-01
  • Palya Art @ Mary Place, Sydney, "Group Show" 2008-01-01
  • Indigenart, Perth, "Ngankirritja" 2007-01-01
  • Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, "Group Show" 2007-01-01
  • Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, "Where The Wild Flowers Grow" 2007-01-01
  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore, "North Meets South: Ikuntji and Tjala Arts Converge" 2007-01-01
  • Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, "Senior Ikuntji Women" 2007-01-01
  • Palya Art, Darwin/Sydney, "Palya Art @ Mary Place" 2007-01-01
  • Bandigan Gallery, Sydney, "Yaiti Yamimi" 2007-01-01
  • Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, "DesertMob" 2006-01-01
  • Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne, "White Australia" 2006-01-01
  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore, " Anangu" 2006-01-01
  • Katungka with Alice Nampitjinpa, Boutwell Draper Sydney 2005-01-01
  • Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 2005-01-01
  • 22nd N.A.T.S.I.A.A. Darwin 2005-01-01
  • Susan O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane Art Fair 2005-01-01
  • Indigenart, Perth 2005-01-01
  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore, "Ikuntji: Desert Belles" 2005-01-01
  • Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London 2004-01-01
  • Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 2004-01-01
  • Indegenart, Perth 2004-01-01
  • "Ikuntji Mob Show" Onshore Gallery, Geelong 2003-01-01
  • Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 2003-01-01
  • Desert Mob, Araluen Alice Springs 2003-01-01
  • Desert Mob, Araluen Alice Springs 2002-01-01
  • "Narputta & Katungka", Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbourne 2001-01-01
  • Hogarth Gallery, Sydney 2001-01-01
  • Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 2001-01-01
  • Desert Mob, Araluen Alice Springs 2001-01-01
  • "Our Country - Pintupi Women from Haasts Bluff" Raft Artspace Darwin 2001-01-01
  • "Pintupi Women" Desart Gallery, Sydney 2001-01-01