Balgo Women Artists: Lucy Loomoo

Lucy Loomoo

Born: c.1935
Location: Jupiter Well
Language: Wangkatjunka
Skin: Nungarrayi
Lucy Loomoo
Lucy was born near Jupiter Well in the Great Sandy Desert far to the south of Balgo and close to the middle stretches of the Canning Stock Route. She is a Wangkajungka woman who lived in her traditional country, travelling with her family until she was a young woman.

She and her husband and first child walked all the way up the Canning Stock Route to arrive at Old Balgo Mission. Lucy and her family lived at the Old Mission where Lucy tended the sheep and goats. Here they had another child before moving to the new mission site in the 1960s. Lucy gave birth to another two children and worked as a gardener at the new mission site.

Group exhibitions

2002 Balgo, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
2002 Passing it On: Works from Balgo Hills, Coomalie Cultural Centre, Batchelor
2001 Short on Size, Short St. Gallery, Broome
2001 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2001 New Paintings from Balgo, Cutliffe Gallery, Sydney
1998 The Laverty Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1997 Desert Country, Matso’s, Broome
1997 Dreamings, Arnhem, The Netherlands
1995 Aboriginal Paintings and Prints, on loan from the collection of Robert and Barbara Bromberg, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA
1993 Wirrimanu: the Art of Balgo Hills, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney
1992 Warlayirti Artists’ Homelands, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington
1992 Broome Fringe Festival, Broome
1991 A Focus on Western Australia, Crafts Council of NSW, The Rocks, Sydney
1991 Paintings by Senior Women from the Western Desert, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
1991 Some Aboriginal Women: A Survey of Contemporary Women’s Art, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington
1990 Songlines: Paintings from Balgo Hills, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
1990 The Singing Earth, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1990 Warlayirti Artists, Birukmarri Gallery, Freemantle
1989 Warlayirti Artists: Continuing Links with Land, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington