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 Lorna Fencer Napurrula  (1924 - 2006)

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Lived/Active: Australia      Known for: symbolic abstract painting-tribal ceremonial

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Lorna Fencer Napurrula was an artist of color-rich paintings, many of them with acrylics.  She was born at Yartulu Yartulu in the Tanami desert in Central Australia and grew up in the Warlpiri culture.   A leader of her tribe, she was custodian of inherited land in Yumurrpa south of the Granites Mine Area of the Tanami Desert.,

In 1949, she with many others of her tribe were forced into settlement at Lajamanu at Hookers Creek near the country of the Gurindji, 250 miles north of their own land.  In spite of this, she remained committed to her own cultural identity and, asserting herself in this role, directed much of her art talent to decorative body designs for women's ceremonials.

"The travels of Napurrula and Nakamarrra kinship or skin groups are the inspiration for a Napurrula's work, and she is custodian of the Dreamings associated with bush potato (yarla), caterpillar (luju), bush onion, yam, bush tomato, bush plum, many different seeds, and, (importantly) water, for the Napurrula, Nakamarra, Japarrula, and Jakamarra skin groups.  She began her painting career in the mid 1980s. Before she began painting on canvas, she painted on traditional women's coolamons and digging sticks for ceremony and for sale. " (Japingka)

Collections include
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Australian Heritage Commission Collection, Canberra
Museum and Art Galleries of Northern Territory, Darwin
Christensen Collection, held by Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Perth Museum


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Japingka Fine Art Gallery

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