Lance Jangala Turner was born on the 27 December, 1981 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Nyirripi, a remote Aboriginal community approximately 420 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. He is the son of the late Lindsay Jampijinpa Turner and the late Margaret Napangardi Turner and is the nephew of Jeanie Napangardi Lewis, a major Warlpiri artist. He has one sister Maria and a brother, Alistair. Lance is married to Salina Napanangka Fisher, who is also an artist in her own right. They have three children.
He began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu and Nyirripi, in 2018. He paints his father’s Pamapardu Jukurrpa – Warntungura (Flying Ant Dreaming – Warntungura). Stories which relate directly to his land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories have been passed down to him by his father and his father before him for millennia.
When he is not painting, he works for the Community Development Employment Project (CDEP).