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Lajamanu Paintings

Lajamanu Paintings

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.

Lajamanu Aboriginal Art

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

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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001585  |  acrylic on canvas  |  156 x 124 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Yam Dreaming by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Yam Dreaming

Jap 000501  |  acrylic on canvas  |  172 x 92 cm

Karna Kurlang- Digging Stick Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Karna Kurlang- Digging Stick Ceremony

Jap 000412  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 85 cm

Warnarri – Bush Belt by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Warnarri – Bush Belt

Jap 000450  |  acrylic on canvas  |  142 x 74 cm

Karna Kurlang- Digging Stick Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Karna Kurlang- Digging Stick Ceremony

Jap 000414  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 85 cm

Warnarri – Bush Belt by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Warnarri – Bush Belt

Jap 000451  |  acrylic on canvas  |  143 x 74 cm

Warnarri Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Warnarri Ceremony

Jap 000458  |  acrylic on canvas  |  144 x 72 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001336  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 93 cm

Rock Wallaby Dreaming by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Rock Wallaby Dreaming

Jap 000434  |  acrylic on canvas  |  170 x 92 cm

Karna Kurlang- Digging Stick Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Karna Kurlang- Digging Stick Ceremony

Jap 000415  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 85 cm

Digging Sticks by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Digging Sticks

Jap 000403  |  acrylic on canvas  |  141 x 72 cm

Warnarri Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Warnarri Ceremony

Jap 000464  |  acrylic on canvas  |  172 x 92 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000483  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 85 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

Yarla Jukurrpa – Yam Dreaming by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Yam Dreaming

Jap 000499  |  acrylic on canvas  |  144 x 91 cm

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

Warumpi – Honey Ant Dreaming by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Warumpi – Honey Ant Dreaming

Jap 000467  |  acrylic on canvas  |  143 x 90 cm

Karli – Boomerang Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Karli – Boomerang Dreaming

Jap 001323  |  acrylic on canvas  |  203 x 126 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa –  Yam Dreaming by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Yam Dreaming

Jap 000496  |  acrylic on canvas  |  144 x 72 cm

Women’s Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000484  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 85 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

Warnarri Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Warnarri Ceremony

Jap 000461  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 126 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001588  |  acrylic on canvas  |  125 x 84 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

Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001572  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 84 cm

Marjarri – Bush Belt by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Marjarri – Bush Belt

Jap 000423  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 85 cm

Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001387  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 88 cm

Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001582  |  acrylic on canvas  |  86 x 83 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

Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001070  |  acrylic on canvas  |  261 x 146 cm

Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001578  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 123 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001521  |  acrylic on canvas  |  197 x 143 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

Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001530  |  acrylic on canvas  |  229 x 144 cm

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001526  |  acrylic on canvas  |  167 x 144 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

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

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

Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001284  |  acrylic on canvas  |  172 x 140 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

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001534  |  acrylic on canvas  |  230 x 146 cm

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