Janet Forrester Ngala is a Luritja speaker who began painting in the late 80s
with the Jukurrpa Dreaming group, based in Alice Springs. She lives in Alice
Springs with her husband Arthur and their children but from time to time stays
in Ernabella in South Australia.
Janet paints the Dreamings from Ernabella and Maryvale, which were told to her
by her grandparents. She often travels to the Dreaming sites of her family to
paint. Her works have been selected for numerous group exhibitions throughout
Australia including a touring exhibition with the Australian National Gallery.
Janet's work was included in a major exhibition of the Jukurrpa artists at the
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs in 1989 and in several subsequent shows
including Desert Dreamings, Grand Hyatt, Jakarta 1992, London 1993, Sydney
1994-98, Melbourne 1994-98, Australian Embassy in Washington and New York 1999.
Her works have been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia and
collectors from New York, Philadelphia, England, Switzerland, Germany,
Rome and Indonesia. Janet's brilliant use of colour creates a multi-dimensional
vision - from the radiating vines of the Bush Banana, to the countless stars of
the Milky Way. Her work is highly sought after both in Australia as well as
You can find Janet Forrester's paintings here.