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Australian Aboriginal Artist Lorna Fencer

Lorna Fencer Napurrula was born in 1920 in Yumurrpa country which is situated near the Granites in the Tanami Desert, Northern Territory. The Yarla (Yam) Dreaming track originates from this region and travels north toward Lajamanu. She is a senior Warlpiri (language/tribal law group) woman.

Lorna lived predominantly at Lajamanu and regularly worked in galleries in Katherine.

While Lorna has "painted up" all her life, meaning that she was raised as a skilled painter of decorative body designs for ceremonies, her artworks on canvas only date from 1986. Lorna initiated her rise in the art world by painting for the Warnayaka Art Centre, Northern Territory. In recent years, Lorna's work has become increasingly extravagant, abstract and sensual, catching the attention of art collectors from around the world and giving rise to comparisons with the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Lorna's work has been exhibited around the world. She is the Winner, Gold Coast City Art Award; Conrad Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast and the recipient of John McCaughey Memorial Art Award; Commissioned artist National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

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