Judy Napangardi Martin near Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert, NT, Australia, b. 1939

Judy Napangardi Martin is the eldest daughter of the famous painter, Lorna Napurrula Fencer, and is half sister to Judy Napangardi Watson. She began painting in the 1980s at Lajamanu Community, located between Yuendumu and Wave Hill in the Northern Territory.


Napangardi Martin paints the significant Women’s Dreaming stories located around Yuendumu. These sites include Mina Mina and Yurmurrpa, her mother’s Dreaming site. She uses bold line structure and contained areas of rich colour to map out her Dreaming stories. Her most recent paintings mark a distinct step forward. She is reaffirming her ceremonial rights and obligations, as part of the Napangardi skin group, to her traditional sites in the Tanami Desert. These paintings are an artist’s statement of celebration, of renewal and of inheritance.