Lorna Fencer Napurrula Paintings

Lorna Fencer Napurrula - Lajamanu artist paints Yam Dreamings and related ceremonial stories.

 

Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001523  |  166 x 143 cm

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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001334  |  acrylic on canvas  |  248 x 142 cm

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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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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001376  |  acrylic on canvas  |  255 x 145 cm

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Yirrjirlparti Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yirrjirlparti Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001058  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 138 cm

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Jajurtuma Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Jajurtuma Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001530  |  acrylic on canvas  |  229 x 144 cm

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Warpurti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Warpurti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001070  |  acrylic on canvas  |  261 x 146 cm

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001557  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 83 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001515  |  acrylic on canvas  |  143 x 125 cm

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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001549  |  acrylic on canvas  |  175 x 172 cm

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Janmarra – Bush Onion by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Janmarra – Bush Onion

Jap 001305  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 66 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001062  |  acrylic on canvas  |  182 x 138 cm

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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001338  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 97 cm

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001544  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 124 cm

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Jajurtuma Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Jajurtuma Jukurrpa – Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001585  |  acrylic on canvas  |  156 x 124 cm

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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

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001555  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 83 cm

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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

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Ngarlajiyi  – Bush Carrot by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Ngarlajiyi – Bush Carrot

Jap 001537  |  acrylic on canvas  |  185 x 145 cm

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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001365  |  acrylic on canvas  |   98 x 97 cm

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Parla Wapirti – Yam Flower by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Parla Wapirti – Yam Flower

Jap 001552  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 124 cm

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Yapa Jukurrpa – Jupurrula Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yapa Jukurrpa – Jupurrula Dreaming

Jap 001590  |  acrylic on canvas  |  246 x 176 cm

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Ngarlajiya by Spring Water by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Ngarlajiya by Spring Water

Jap 001069  |  acrylic on canvas  |  303 x 138 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001360  |  acrylic on canvas  |  204 x 160 cm

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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001519  |  acrylic on canvas  |  153 x 140 cm

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Yipandari – Kangaroo Tucker by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yipandari – Kangaroo Tucker

Jap 001337  |  acrylic on canvas  |  95 x 97 cm

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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

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001358  |  acrylic on canvas  |  204 x 156 cm

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Spring Water at Yumurrpa by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Spring Water at Yumurrpa

Jap 001373  |  acrylic on canvas  |  264 x 144 cm

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Murkarki – Bush Plum by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Murkarki – Bush Plum

Jap 001465  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 98 cm

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001331  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 91 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001056  |  acrylic on canvas  |  170 x 140 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001052  |  acrylic on canvas  |  202 x 70 cm

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001284  |  acrylic on canvas  |  172 x 140 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001317  |  acrylic on canvas  |  140 x 156 cm

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001441  |  acrylic on canvas  |  68 x 68 cm

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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

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001241  |  acrylic on canvas  |  167x138 cm

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Lorna Naparulla Fencer

Artist Lorna Napurrula Fencer

About Lorna Fencer Napurrula

Date of Birth

c.1920 – 7 Dec 2006

Place of Birth

Near Chila Well, Northern Territory

Language

Warlpiri

Community

Lajamanu, NT

Career

Acknowledged as one of the great innovators of the Warlpiri art movement from Lajamanu, Lorna Napurrula Fencer was both a fierce and gentle custodian of her culture. She painted the great Napurrula-Nakamarra creation stories from her brother’s custodial site at Yurmurrpa. These ceremonial stories re-enact the myths of the Ancestors who dug out the first yarla, or bush potato, from the earth around the underground water source at Yurmurrpa.

Embedded in the swirling shapes of the bush potato leaves are the “U” shapes of the Napurrula and Nakamarra women, who remain the custodians and the beneficiaries of their great Ancestors’ achievements. The travels of Napurrula and Nakamarrra kinship or skin groups are the inspiration for Lorna Fencer Napurrula’s work, and she was a custodian of the Dreamings associated with bush potato (yarla), caterpillar (luju), bush onion, yam, bush tomato, bush plum, many different seeds, and (importantly) water.

Lorna Napurrula Fencer was a senior Warlpiri artist, born at Yartulu Yartulu, and custodian of inherited lands of Yumurrpa in the Tanami Desert. In 1949 many Warlpiri people, including Lorna Napurrula Fencer were forcibly moved from Yuendumu community by the government, to go a settlement at Lajamanu 250 miles north in the country of the Gurindji people. Napurrula managed to maintain and strengthen her cultural commitment through ceremonial activity and art, and asserted her position as a prominent elder figure in the community. Lorna Napurrula Fencer began her painting in the mid 1980s.

Lorna Napurrula Fencer at her best is recognised as an artist who was a master of colour, carefully considering the impact as she laid down the paint on the canvas. Her large epic canvases created in the eighth decade of her life were final and compelling statements about the power of the great Warlpiri stories that she painted for over twenty years.

Lorna’s mother’s country was Yumurrpa. This is where the Yarla (Yam or Big Bush Potato) Dreaming track begins on its travels north toward Lajamanu. Her father’s country was Wapurtali, home of the little bush potato. Before she began painting on canvas in the mid 1980s, Lorna Napurrula Fencer painted on traditional women’s coolamons and digging sticks.

Lorna Napurrula Fencer is represented in the Australian National Gallery and National Gallery of Victoria, in State Galleries and major private collections. In 2011 a major touring survey exhibition titled ‘Yulyurlu – Lorna Napurrula Fencer’ travelled around Australian institutional galleries.

Aboriginal Art Status

Iconic artist

Collections

Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Artbank, Sydney
Australian Heritage Commission Collection, Canberra
Christensen Collection, held by Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
Gantner Myer Collection of Aboriginal Art
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast
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
Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton VIC
Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Motiers, Switzerland

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

Selected 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

Read More

The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer
The Yam Dreaming of Lorna Napurrula Fencer
The Art of Lorna Napurrula Fencer (c1925 – 2006)
Lorna Fencer and Yam Dreaming – An Interview with Didier Zanette

Links

National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of Western Australia
RMIT Gallery
YouTube – Lorna Fencer Napurrula