Lorna Ward Napanangka

Lorna Ward Napanangka
1961 (Papunya, Northern Territory)

Country: Papunya
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Pintupi


Lorna Ward Napanangka was born in 1961 in Papunya. Her father is Timmy Payungka Tjapangati, a painter belonging to the first generation of the Papunya Tula Artists collective. Lorna began painting in 1996. From 1999 onwards, only three years after she started painting, her standing started to rise following her participation in the collaborative artwork "Kiwirrkurra Women’s Painting" for the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal. Lorna’s style is extremely varied. Almost none of her compositions resembles the other. Seemingly effortlessly she moves from style to style, from medium to medium, and from colour to colour. Line and dot work mixed together create a balance between the solid and the void.  Her fine and rhythmic work evokes styles as diverse as the severe Western Desert formalism of Anatjari Tjakamarra, the grid patterns of the Tiwi islands and semi-geometrical Art Deco motifs. Her enormous versatility and collectability is recognised by collectors worldwide. Lorna has exhibited in Australia and overseas and was a finalist in the 2002 NATSIAA.


2001 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne


Museum: Art Gallery of New South Wales

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