Community: Kiwirrkurra – Western Australia
Born: c 1965
Lorna was born c 1965 and lives west of Alice Springs. She is a second generation artist who paints for Papunya Tula Artists. Her father is Timmy Payungka Tjapangati, a painter belonging to the first generation of the Papunya Tula Artists collective.
Lorna herself 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 has been exhibiting her work since 2000 with solo shows in 2002 and 2004.
Her work was entered into the 2002 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
Lorna’s style is extremely varied. Almost none of her compositions resemble the other. Seemingly, with little effort she moves from style to style, from medium to medium, and from colour to colour.
Lorna’s line and dot work mix together to create a balance that reflects the dynamic landscapes of the Western Desert. Her fine and rhythmic work evokes styles as diverse as the severe Western Desert, the grid patterns of the Tiwi Islands and semi-geometrical Art Deco motifs.
This enormous versatility is recognised by collectors worldwide. Lorna has exhibited in Australia and overseas and was a finalist in the 2002 NATSIAA.
Lorna and her husband Billy Ward, a well known Aboriginal artist in his own right, move between the communities at Kintore and Kiwirrkura, spending more time at the latter.
2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs
2001 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2002 Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2007 “Master Works by Papunya Tula Artists”, Birrung Gallery, Sydney
2009 “Sand Drawings of My Country” (SOLO show), Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2009 “20 Years Survey Show”, Depot Gallery (in conjunction with Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne), Sydney
National Gallery of Australia
The Aboriginal Art Museum of the Netherlands
Art Gallery of New South Wales