Lorna Brown Napanangka

Lorna Brown Napanangka

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DOB: c.1965
Born: Haasts Bluff, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pintupi/Luritja
COMMUNITY: Kiwirrkurra, WA

Lorna was born in the bush in Haasts Bluff. Her mother, Annie Ellis Nampitjinpa, her grandfather, Obed Raggett, and other family members moved to Papunya when Lorna was a baby. There, her mother worked in the kitchens at Papunya for a couple of years, before moving back to Haasts Bluff and eventually to Mount Liebig.

Lorna went to the Papunya School, and clearly remembers art clasess with Geoffrey Bardon. Lorna started painting in earnest in 1999, and by 2005 had three solo exhibitions at Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne. Lorna paints her grandfather's Dreaming.

With her husband, Bobby West Tjupurrula, Lorna lives at Kiwirrkura, where in 1999 she contributed to the Kiwirrkurra womens' painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal.


  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Owen Wagner Collection of Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Union Bank of Switzerland, Zuerich

Awards and Recognition

2006 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney - Finalist


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Lorna Brown Napanangka 2016, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2004 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2003 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 50 Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2021 Papunya Tula: 50 years 1971-2021, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2020 Community XI, Utopia Art, Sydney
2019 Kiwirrkura Women's exhibition, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Defining Tradition: the first wave & its disciples, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Community X, Utopia Art Sydney
2019 Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney
2018 Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney
2018 Community IX, Utopia Art, Sydney
2017 Community VIII, Utopia Art, Sydney
2016 The Last Hurrah, Utopia Art, Sydney
2016 Cornucopia, Utopia Art, Sydney
2016 Lorna Brown Napanangka, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2015 Wynners, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2013 Community V, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Unique Perspectives: Papunya Tula Artists and the Alice Springs Community, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2011 Papunya Tula Women's Art, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW
2011 Papunya Tula Artists, Community III, Utopia Art, Sydney
2010 Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2009 Community, The Heart of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2009 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin
2008 Licht in der Wueste: Aboriginal Art aus der Central und Western Desert, Artkelch at Lichthaus Kirchner, Stuttgart, Germany
2008 New Paintings from Papunya Tula Artists, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2007 Kiwirrkura Women, Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Across the board, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Paintings by Papunya Tula Artists, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2004 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2003 Christmas Gift Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2003 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Lines 2, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2002 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2002 Pintupi Mens' and Womens' Stories, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2002 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Art Born Of The Western Desert, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2002 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2001 Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2001 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne