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Janet Forrester

Janet Forrester

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 overseas.

You can find Janet Forrester's paintings here.