Janet Golder Kngwarreye


Janet Golder Kngwarreye is an emerging artist originally from the Utopia region of the Northern Territory. She was born in 1973 and is married to Ronnie Bird, the son of acclaimed artist Ada Bird Petyarre. Janet now resides in Alice Springs with her husband and children. Janet learned to paint by watching her extended family of artists including the renowned Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

The subject of Janet's painting tends to revolve around representations of leaves collected around her country and used for a variety of medicinal purposes. In particular, she returns again and again to "Awelye" and “Bush Medicine", which depict flowing representations of the leaves and ceremonial body paint. Janet's totem is the ‘Bush Yam’ for which she is one of the custodians within her culture. Typical of Utopian artists, Janet rejoices in the use of colour.


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