Lorna Fencer Napurrula

Lorna Fencer Napurrula born 1920 in Yumurrpa country and was custodian of this inherited land, near the Granites Mine area of the Tanimi Desert. Lorna sadly passed away on 7th December 2006.
She lived at Lajamanu Community and often travells to Katherine. She is a highly respected artist who is an aggressive & surprising artist, because of the way she paints in several different styles.
Her dynamic use of colour & above all representative of the best “contemporary” qualities in the desert painting in the 1990’s. She was regarded in the top echelons of Aboriginal desert artists.
The travels of Napurrurla and Nakamarra kinship or “skin” groups are the inspiration for her work and is custodian of the Dreamings associated with bush potato (yarla), caterpillar (luju), bush tomato, bush plum. She has been painting since the early 1980’s and her works are held by major public collections.
Selected Collections:
Australian Heritage Commission Collection, Canberra
Christensen Collections of Victoria
Holmes ‘a Court Collection, Western Australia
Selected Exhibitions:
Murdoch Court – National Gallery of Victoria
1988 Triennial John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize
2002 Mia Mia Gallery, Melbourne
“The Contemporaries”, Contemporary Artspace, Brisbane
2003 Art Mob Gallery, Tasmania
2004 “Changing of Colours”Raintree Art Gallery, Darwin
1997 Gold Coast City Art Award
Highest price paid at auction $14400 – size – 193.5cm x 295.5cm – Lawson Menzies, Sydney, 24-06-09