Lajamanu Aboriginal Art

A selection of paintings showing the styles from this Aboriginal art region - some paintings may still be available for sale, while some may have been sold.

 

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001391  |  acrylic on canvas  |  205 x 144 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000649  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 50 cm

Karli – Boomerang Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Karli – Boomerang Dreaming

Jap 001323  |  acrylic on canvas  |  203 x 126 cm

Ngapa – Water Dreaming by Karen Barnes Napaljarri

Karen Barnes Napaljarri  |  Ngapa – Water Dreaming

Jap 022603  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Nyalyabi by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Nyalyabi

Jap 000644  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 48 cm

Janmarra – Bush Onion by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Janmarra – Bush Onion

Jap 001598  |  acrylic on canvas  |  82 x 43 cm

Seed Dreaming by Molly Tasman

Molly Tasman  |  Seed Dreaming

Jap 022632  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Ngatijirri Jukurrpa – Budgerigar Dreaming by Myra Patrick Herbert

Myra Patrick Herbert  |  Ngatijirri Jukurrpa – Budgerigar Dreaming

Jap 022622  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Ngapa – Water Dreaming by Karen Barnes Napaljarri

Karen Barnes Napaljarri  |  Ngapa – Water Dreaming

Jap 022602  |  acrylic on canvas  |  55 x 55 cm

Seed Dreaming by Molly Tasman

Molly Tasman  |  Seed Dreaming

Jap 021147  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 63 cm

Yirrjirlparti Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yirrjirlparti Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001058  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 138 cm

Two Men Dreaming by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Two Men Dreaming

Jap 000646  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 48 cm

Women’s Dreaming by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Women’s Dreaming

Jap 000634  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 48 cm

Yuparli Jukurrpa – Bush Banana by Biddy Timms Napanangka

Biddy Timms Napanangka  |  Yuparli Jukurrpa – Bush Banana

Jap 022615  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Bush Potato Dreaming – Yarla Jukurrpa by Ursula Napangardi Marks

Ursula Napangardi Marks  |  Bush Potato Dreaming – Yarla Jukurrpa

Jap 021160  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

Jajurtuma Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Jajurtuma Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001530  |  acrylic on canvas  |  229 x 144 cm

Ngayaki Jukurrpa – Bush Tomato Dreaming by Ursula Napangardi Marks

Ursula Napangardi Marks  |  Ngayaki Jukurrpa – Bush Tomato Dreaming

Jap 022609  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Wardapi Jukurrpa – Goanna Dreaming by Sylvannia Spencer

Sylvannia Spencer  |  Wardapi Jukurrpa – Goanna Dreaming

Jap 022605  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Seed Dreaming by Rosie Tasman

Rosie Tasman  |  Seed Dreaming

Jap 022624  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Yarla – Bush Potato by Beryl Nakamarra Barnes

Beryl Nakamarra Barnes  |  Yarla – Bush Potato

Jap 022527  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 77 cm

Bush Flower Dreaming – Jinjirla Jukurrpa by Robyn Payton/Herbert

Robyn Payton/Herbert  |  Bush Flower Dreaming – Jinjirla Jukurrpa

Jap 021154  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Untitled by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Untitled

Jap 000627  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 50 cm

Seed Dreaming by Molly Tasman

Molly Tasman  |  Seed Dreaming

Jap 021152  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001070  |  acrylic on canvas  |  261 x 146 cm

Bush Turkey Dreaming Women’s Ceremony by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000636  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 83 cm

Ngayaki Jukurrpa – Bush Tomato Dreaming by Ursula Napangardi Marks

Ursula Napangardi Marks  |  Ngayaki Jukurrpa – Bush Tomato Dreaming

Jap 022607  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Karntakurlangu- Digging Stick Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Karntakurlangu- Digging Stick Ceremony

Jap 000412  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 85 cm

Seed Dreaming by Rosie Tasman

Rosie Tasman  |  Seed Dreaming

Jap 022625  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Yam Dreaming by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Yam Dreaming

Jap 000504  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 60 cm

Women’s Ceremony – Dancing Stick by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Women’s Ceremony – Dancing Stick

Jap 000631  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 48 cm

Warnarri Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Warnarri Ceremony

Jap 000461  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 126 cm

Yapa  Jukurrpa – Jupurrula Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yapa Jukurrpa – Jupurrula Dreaming

Jap 001498  |  acrylic on canvas  |  158 x 143 cm

Seed Dreaming by Mercia Napurrurla Lewis

Mercia Napurrurla Lewis  |  Seed Dreaming

Jap 022618  |  acrylic on canvas  |  55 x 55 cm

Ngatijirri Jukurrpa – Budgerigar Dreaming by Elizabeth Nungarrayi Ross Nanginarra

Elizabeth Nungarrayi Ross Nanginarra  |  Ngatijirri Jukurrpa – Budgerigar Dreaming

Jap 022612  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Seed Dreaming by Molly Tasman

Molly Tasman  |  Seed Dreaming

Jap 022626  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa and Bush Tomato Ngayaki by Ursula Napangardi Marks

Ursula Napangardi Marks  |  Yarla Jukurrpa and Bush Tomato Ngayaki

Jap 022608  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Yuparli Jukurrpa – Bush Banana by Karen Barnes Napaljarri

Karen Barnes Napaljarri  |  Yuparli Jukurrpa – Bush Banana

Jap 022604  |  acrylic on canvas  |  80 x 30 cm

Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001572  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 84 cm

Women’s Ceremony – Dancing Stick by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Women’s Ceremony – Dancing Stick

Jap 000647  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 48 cm

Ngatijirri Jukurrpa – Budgerigar Dreaming by Elizabeth Nungarrayi Ross Nanginarra

Elizabeth Nungarrayi Ross Nanginarra  |  Ngatijirri Jukurrpa – Budgerigar Dreaming

Jap 022611  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Jungarai Dreaming by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Jungarai Dreaming

Jap 000641  |  acrylic on canvas  |  48 x 138 cm

Bush Vine Dreaming Ngalyipi by Myra Patrick Herbert

Myra Patrick Herbert  |  Bush Vine Dreaming Ngalyipi

Jap 022620  |  acrylic on canvas  |  80 x 30 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Yam Dreaming by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Yam Dreaming

Jap 000497  |  acrylic on canvas  |  144 x 88 cm

Bush Turkey Dreaming by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 000637  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 84 cm

Mina Mina Dreaming by Kitty Napanangka Simon

Kitty Napanangka Simon  |  Mina Mina Dreaming

Jap 011039  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Marla Wallaby and Bush Turkey Dreaming at Jila Well by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Marla Wallaby and Bush Turkey Dreaming at Jila Well

Jap 000643  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 83 cm

Women’s Dreaming by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Women’s Dreaming

Jap 000635  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 48 cm

Seed Dreaming by Molly Tasman

Molly Tasman  |  Seed Dreaming

Jap 022627  |  acrylic on linen  |  85 x 50 cm

Warilingki by Mercia Napurrurla Lewis

Mercia Napurrurla Lewis  |  Warilingki

Jap 022619  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Women’s Dreaming by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Women’s Dreaming

Jap 000630  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 92 cm

Dogbone – Women’s Ceremony by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Dogbone – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000639  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 65 cm

Two Men Dreaming by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Two Men Dreaming

Jap 000626  |  acrylic on canvas  |  142 x 53 cm

Purrparlarla Dreaming by Biddy Long Yulngarri

Biddy Long Yulngarri  |  Purrparlarla Dreaming

Jap 022630  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 50 cm

Women’s Ceremony – Firewood by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Women’s Ceremony – Firewood

Jap 000648  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 48 cm

Wardilyka Jukurrpa – Bush Turkey Dreaming by Biddy Long Yulngarri

Biddy Long Yulngarri  |  Wardilyka Jukurrpa – Bush Turkey Dreaming

Jap 022628  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Mina Mina Dreaming by Kitty Napanangka Simon

Kitty Napanangka Simon  |  Mina Mina Dreaming

Jap 011038  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001310  |  acrylic on canvas  |  183 x 138 cm

Granite Country by Neil Cooke

Neil Cooke  |  Granite Country

Jap 022606  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Jajurtuma Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Jajurtuma Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001585  |  acrylic on canvas  |  156 x 124 cm

Warna Dreaming by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Warna Dreaming

Jap 000628  |  acrylic on canvas  |  53 x 40 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001241  |  acrylic on canvas  |  167x138 cm

Yapa Jukurrpa – Jupurrula Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yapa Jukurrpa – Jupurrula Dreaming

Jap 001590  |  acrylic on canvas  |  246 x 176 cm

Women’s Dreaming – Dogbone – Kurlurrlarlimpa by Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves  |  Women’s Dreaming – Dogbone – Kurlurrlarlimpa

Jap 000650  |  acrylic on canvas  |  80 x 43 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001269  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 89 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001565  |  acrylic on canvas  |  176 x 153 cm

Yapa II – Big Dreamtime Fight by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yapa II – Big Dreamtime Fight

Jap 001060  |  acrylic on canvas  |  219 x 140 cm

Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001284  |  acrylic on canvas  |  172 x 140 cm

Lajamanu community is located 550 kilometres south west of the town of Katherine in the Northern Territory, in semi-arid country on the edge of the Tanami Desert. This country traditionally belongs to the Gurindji people, who now live over 100 km further north, around Daguragu and Kalkarinji.

Lajamanu’s history as an Aboriginal settlement goes back to 1949, when the Federal Government feared outbreaks of disease would occur unless the population of drought-stricken Yuendumu was drastically reduced. Several hundred Warlpiri people were trucked from Yuendumu to a waterhole 600km north, at the edge of the Tanami Desert.

Unable to live away from close relatives and their Dreaming sites, the Aboriginal people walked back to Yuendumu. Three ‘walk backs’ to Yuendumu occurred between 1958 and 1968, before the Warlpiri people were prepared to accept their new home. In the end, they stayed and established a strong community, which for many years was one of the staunchest in its opposition to the painting movement.

Contemporary Aboriginal art at Lajamanu only started in late 1986. Prior to this the symbolic icons appeared only in sand ceremonial paintings, as it was considered sacrilegious to place Warlpiri icons in a permanent frame of reference. Lajamanu is now home to almost 1000 people, mainly Warlpiri, who maintain their language and culture. Aided by its remoteness, the community boasts a strong sense of cultural identity, linguistic stability and its own Aboriginal Council.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Lorna Fencer Paintings
Judy Napangardi Martin Paintings