Janet Golder Kngwarreye is an Anmatyerre artist from Mulga Bore on the Utopia Homelands. The artistic line in her family runs deep. Janet is the daughter of Margaret Golder and Sammy Pitjara. Her grandmothers are esteemed Utopia artists Polly Ngale and Angelina Pwerle, her uncle is Greeny Purvis and her sister Belinda Golder Kngwarreye is also an accomplished artist. Janet is married to Ronnie Bird, son of famous artist Ada Bird Petyarre.
Janet began painting in 1987, learning her skills from family members and taking on the subject matter that was familiar to the women artists in her family group. These include the Awelye Women’s Ceremonial Body Paint and the Bush Yam Leaf designs and stories as well as Bush Medicine and Mountain Devil Dreaming. In recent times Janet has developed further stories based around the women’s cultural practice on Country, combining imagery of bush tucker along with features of the Utopia landscape.
Janet Golder Kngwarreye is highly skilled in her use of colour with her paintings often fusing black and white design with colour elements. Janet has exhibited in galleries around Australia and internationally.
Awards and Recognition
• 2022 Connection | Songlines from Australia’s First Peoples in a spectacular immersive experience, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
• 2020 one of Janet’s work has been chosen to decorate the Coles supermarket in Alice Springs
• 2014 Janet transformed a Smeg FAB28 fridge at the National Architecture Awards, Darwin
Selected Group Exhibitions
• Celebrating Country | Women Artists of Art Mob, Art Mob, Hobart
• Connection, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
• Synergy 2022, First Nations Artists from around Australia, Everywhen Art, Shoreham VIC
• Synergy: Art from the Heartlands of Aboriginal Australia, Everywhen Art, Shoreham VIC
• Top 20 2021, Art Mob, Hobart
• Sounds of Summer, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• 60 by 60 – Small Paintings, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• Central Focus, Art Mob, Hobart
• Cup of Joy – New Works from Rising Stars, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• Landscape Colours, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• Painting on Country – Utopia Artists, Japingka Gallery, Perth
• Aug-Sep – Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Knoxville, Tennessee
• Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; ‘The Cove Gallery’ Portland, OR; Mary’s Woods, Portland, OR, USA
• Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; ‘The Cove Gallery’ Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary’s Woods, Portland, OR, USA