Mantua James Nangala

Mantua James Nangala

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DOB: 1959
Born: Tjulyurunya, WA
COMMUNITY: Kiwirrkurra, WA

Mantua Nangala was born around 1959 at Tjulyurunya, near the important ceremonial site of Marrapinti in Western Australia. The family moved around the Jupiter Well area of western Australia before being contacted by one of Jeremy Long's welfare patrols in 1963. In 1964, the family moved into Papunya, alomg with many other Pintupi people.

In 1981, Mantua moved back to Kintore and then three years later to Kiwirrkurra, in western Australia, the nearest Pintupi community to her home country.

Mantua took up painting in 1998 and paints for Papunya Tula Artists and private dealers.

Mantua comes from a gifted painting family, her father being Anatjari Tjampitjinpa and is the sister of Ray
James Tjangala and Yinarupa Nangala and the half sister of George Yapa Tjangala.

Awards and Recognition

2019 36th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2019 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales - Finalist


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Community XII - 50 Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2021 Papunya Tula: 50 years 1971-2021, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2020 Desert Stories, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2019 Defining Tradition: the first wave & its disciples, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2015 Kanaputa - Women's Lore, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin