Lorna Fencer Napurrula


Lorna was born around 1920 in the Northern Territory, Australia and died in 2006. She was a senior woman of the Warlpiri language/tribal law group. Although she was raised as a skilled painter of decorative body designs for ceremonies, her paintings on canvas only date from 1986. Her work is extravagant, sensual, abstract, bold and free. She applied the paint in liberal quantities to the brush before touching down on the canvas and layering the colours one upon the next. Atypical of many contemporary aboriginal artists, she used a palette of vibrant, bright colours.

Lorna had her first solo exhibition in Melbourne in 1997 and subsequently had solo exhibitions in Melbourne annually. She also exhibited in other Australian cities such as Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra as well as Washington, USA.


Bush Potato
c. 1998
acrylic on canvas
129 x 98 cm w