Lorna Fencer Napurulla

Lorna Fencer Napurulla

  • Biography

    (Yulurlu) Lorna Fencer Napurrula was born in 1920 in Yumurrpa country, which is situated near the Granites in the Tanami Desert, Northern Territory. Her main dreamings are Yarla, Wapirti and Marlujarra. These Dreamings entitle her to paint subjects such as the bush yam (sweet potato), “ngalatji” (little white flower), bush tomato, caterpillar, wallaby and certain men’s stories including boomerangs. The Yarla (Yam) Dreaming depicts the track where traditionally women looked for Yams. The track originates from the Granites region and travels north toward Lajamanu. The caterpillar dreamings are usually bright depictions of leaves eaten by the caterpillar.

    Her substantial contribution to the western desert indigenous art movement is documented and celebrated in a 2011 traveling exhibition and accompanying book, Yulyurlu, featuring her paintings and essays by Barbara Ambjerg Pedersen, Chips Mackinolty and Christine Nicholls.

    Lorna typically painted with acrylics on primed Belgian linen or unstretched cotton duck. Her artifacts include coolamons, kudurru (fighting sticks), quartz rocks and slate.

    Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Artbank, Sydney
    Australian Heritage Commission Collection, Canberra
    Christensen Collection, held by Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
    Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Motiers, Switzerland
    Gantner Myer Collection of Aboriginal Art
    Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast
    Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
    Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
    Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
    Laverty Collection, Sydney
    Leewuin Estate, Perth
    Margaret Carnegie Collection
    Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
    Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

  • Awards

    2007 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
    2004 21st NATSIAA, Darwin – Finalist
    2000 17th NATSIAA, Darwin – Finalist
    1998 John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    1997 Gold Coast City Art Award, Conrad Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast

  • Exhibitions

    1991 Aboriginal Art, Australian Embassy, Washington USA
    1991 Paint Up Big: Warlpiri Women’s Art from Lajamanu, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
    1991 Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, High Court of Australia, Canberra ACT
    1994 Yapakurlangu Wirrkardu, Batchelor College, Tennant Creek NT
    1996 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne VIC
    1997 Women’s Body Paint, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
    1997 Recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
    1997 Me Warlpiri, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne VIC
    1997/8 John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
    1998 Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra ACT
    1998 Yulyulu, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne VIC
    1998 6th Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Exhibition Building, Melbourne VIC
    1998 Warnayaka Warlpiri, Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin NT
    1988 People, Place and Art, Hilton International Hotel, Adelaide SA
    1998 Wild Warlpiri Women, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney NSW
    1999 Paintings from Lajamanu Community, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
    1999 Brit’s Art & Promotion, Jülich, Gondwana Gallerie, Rome Italy
    1999 Tjinyipjila-Australian Message, Washington USA
    1999 Love, Magic, Erotics & Politics in Indigenours Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
    1999 Indigenious Art of the Dreamtime, United Nations Buildings, New York USA
    2000 Brit’s Art & Promotion, Jülich, Germany; Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Köln; UFA-Factory, Berlin
    2000 Expo 2000, Australian Pavilion, Hannover
    2000 Australian Night in Berlin
    2000 Artists of Lajamanu, Tanami Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
    2000 Indigenous Artists Exhibition, Yuwayi Gallery, Sydney, NSW
    2001 Brit’s Art & Promotion, Düsseldorf; State Museum for Nature and Man, Oldenburg; Quellenhof- Dorint Hotel, Aachen, Germany
    2001 Little Gems, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
    2002 Jinta Jungu – Museum for Natural History, Humbold-University, Berlin, Germany
    2002 Art & Communication, Vodafone – Ratingen
    2002 Lorna Napurrula Fencer – Powerful New Paintings from the Tanami Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
    2002 Lorna Napurrula Fencer – The Big Picture, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
    2002 Lorna Fencer – Inner Spring – New Works from the Tanami
    2003 Serenitiy – Past and Present, Walsrode
    2003 Lorna Napurrula Fencer, Chapman Galleries, Canberra ACT
    2003 Lorna Napurrula Fencer – Paintings 2003, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
    2003 Lorna Napurrula Fencer –New Paintings, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
    2003 Big Country (Group Exhibition) – Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs NT – Mary Place Gallery, Sydney NSW
    2004 Divas of the Desert Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs NT
    2004 Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs NT
    2004 Yumurlpa, Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney NSW
    2004 Telstra Awards – Finalist, Darwin NT
    2005 Lorna Napurrula Fencer, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney NSW
    2005 Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs NT
    2005 Lorna Napurrula Fencer- Yumurrpa – Paintings 2005, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
    2006 Luminaries of the Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
    2007 Lorna Napurrula Fencer – A Tribute, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
    2008 Women’s Law, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
    2011 Yulyurlu: Lorna Fencer Napurrula, Australian National University, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra ACT
    2012 Heirs and Successors, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
    2012 The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer , Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA

Showing all 3 artworks

Lorna Fencer Napurulla

Boomerang, 2001
62 x 94 cm Acrylic on Canvas $1,650.00

Lorna Fencer Napurulla

Caterpillar Dreaming, 2001
103 x 125cm Acrylic on Canvas $3,960.00

Lorna Fencer Napurulla

Untitled, 2004
102 x 135cm Acrylic on Canvas $3,960.00