Lloyd Jungarrayi Spencer was born in 1962 in Yuendumu, “four miles out bush”, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. When he was young he used to walk with his Grandfathers everywhere, learning his grandfathers’ stories from both his mother and his father’s side. He has a thirst for knowledge which began out bush; at the local school; at Yirara College in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory; and Batchelor College in Darwin. He has published/illustrated numerous books in Warlpiri and English for young children. He has been described by Andrew Stojanovski as a “firebrand of a man: articulate, full of energy and spoke at a million miles an hour when he had an idea.” He is highly active in his community and in Aboriginal Affairs including positions in the Federal Government, Interventions Programs, The Mt Theo Program that addressed chronic petrol sniffing in Yuendumu, and Community Engagement Officer for the Central Land Council, Alice Springs. His wife passed away in April 2017 leaving him and his three daughters.
Lloyd began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, in 1992. Although active he manages to paint in his spare time. “Painting relaxes me . . . I think about the dreamtime and my ancestor’s stories . . . knowledge about our land . . . knowledge that I can pass onto the next generation.” He paints his father’s Wardapi Jukurrpa (Goanna Dreaming) – Yarripurlangu, 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. He uses bold colours and traditional iconography to depict his Jukurrpa stories.