Artist Profile

Lucy Loomoo

c. 1935


Kukatja, Pintupi, Ngaanyatjarra and Wangkajungka


Lucy was born near Jupiter Well with Bandicoot Dreaming. She grew up around Kalyuyangku and travelled south of Kunawarritji (Well 33) - her childhood was spent mostly at places along the Canning Stock Route. This country, called Ilangarri, is her mother’s and grandfather’s country. Lucy travelled and lived in this country with her family until she was a young woman, becoming an adult whilst living east of Wantili (Well 25). She married Wiyangaru who belonged to Piparr Country in the East, and had one child, Kevin, before the family – among the last to move to Balgo Mission - walked all the way up the stock route to the Old Mission. A second child, Charlie, was born at the Old Mission and Lucy looked after the sheep and goats there.

Lucy and her family moved to the new mission site, the current location of Balgo community, in the 1960s and here she had two more children, Damien and Joan. Joan was placed in the dormitory and Lucy worked as a gardener watering all the trees planted around the oval in the community. Lucy began painting at Warlayirti in 1992.