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Janet Long Nakamarra / Seed Dreaming (1A)

65cm x 90cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: A11541

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Janet was born in 1960 at Anninie in the traditional land of her people, Warntaparri. She lived a traditional life with her family and her Aunts May and Molly Napurulla showing her how to paint the traditional body paint designs for her Warntaparri Dreaming.

Through hard work and study, Janet gained the status of Linguist with her people and began to teach as a literacy worker at the Willowra School. She produced bi-lingual literature for use in the teaching programme. Although she has lived all her life in Willowra her linguist talents led her to many contacts with the rest of Australia. When Vivien Johnson began to write her book “Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert” it was Janet she approached to do the transaction and correct any terms that were in the book.

In 1989 she began to paint her designs and Dreamings on small boards when the local store at Willowra began supplying canvas and paints to the locals Aboriginal Artists. When her brother Malcolm Jagamarra saw her taking an interest in painting he taught her how to use the medium of acrylics on canvas. She saw this as a way of teaching people about her culture and the world as a whole.

She uses her deep knowledge of her talents as a linguist and translates her Dreamings onto canvas in a way that no other artist is able to achieve. Her paintings have many small details in them that tell a story as a whole. The story that she writes for the paintings is as fascinating as the painting itself. These stories tell of the mythology and religion of her people in a way that any outsider can understand and learn from.

Janet’s unique style of painting has ensured she has gained rapid recognition.

Selected Exhibitions

1994
•    Amsterdam, Holland

1995
•    Civic Centre, Wagga Wagga, NSW

1998
•    Parker Gallery, Sydney
•    “Out Of Australia” Exhibition, Lui Hai-Su National Art Museum, Shanghai, China
•    Aboriginal Art Galleries, Melbourne
•    Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery, Alice Springs

1999
•    Jinta Desert Art Gallery, Sydney
•    A one-person exhibition, Sydney’s Chifley Square.
•    Indigenous Art of the Dreamtime, United Nations, New York, USA, Throckmorton Gallery Sante Fe, New Mexico,
•    Galleria Gondwana Exhibition in Rome, Italy.
•    United Nations, New York, USA

2001
•    Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg
•    Nacht derMuseen, Brit’s Art & Promotion Quellenhof-Dorint Hotel, Aachen
•    EU-Australia Coal Conference – Brit’s Art & Promotion

2002
•    Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Köln
•    Brit’s Art & Promotion “Jinta Jungu”
•    Museum für Naturkunde, Zentralinstitut der Humbold-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin
•    Brit’s Art & Promotion, Leere & Vision, Herford
•    Brit’s Art & Promotion art – communication, Vodafone, Ratingen
•    TOAAC Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Solo Exhibition

2005
•    Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, Solo Exhibition

Selected Collections
•    Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
•    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
•    Australian Embassy, New York
•    Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.
•    The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.

In this painting the white splotches represent the spinifex. This dreaming takes place at the site at Pirliwarnawarna. The ladies (‘U’ shapes) were doing creation of the damper seeds (Ngurlu). In the dreamtime a little black and white bird called the pee-wee travelled across the country dropping seeds that grew into spinifex bushes that provide the seeds. The women will also get the sticks and hit the seeds from the spinifex, which falls onto the termite mound underneath and then they pick them up and put them into a coolamon. They are then taken home and then the women will grind the seeds and with some waterand make it into damper cakes, which are cooked in the fire before eating. (As told by Janet)

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