Janet Long Nakamarra

Spent many years as resident artist at
Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery, Darwin NT.


Janet Long Nakamarra 

Born:                       1960
Region:                     Tanami Desert
Community Centre:       Willowra
Country:                    Wantapari
Language Bloc:          Ngarrkic
Language:                   Warlpiri
Medium/ Form:           Acrylic paint on canvas or linen

Subjects and Themes:    
Women's bush tucker, Fire, Love story, Body paint design.

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

Individual Exhibitions:
1999, a one-person exhibition, Sydney's Chifley Square. 
2002, TOAAC Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Solo exhibition.
2005, Ngapa Dreaming - Water, Cooee Art Gallery, Sydney. 

Group Exhibitions:
1994, Amsterdam, Holland. 
1995, Civic Center, Wagga Wagga, NSW. 
1998, Parker Gallery, Sydney 
1998, "Out Of Australia" Exhibition, Lui Hai-Su National Art Museum, Shanghai, China. 
1998, Aboriginal Art Galleries, Melbourne
1998, Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery, Alice Springs
1999, Jinta Desert Art Gallery, Sydney 
1999, Indigenous Art of the Dreamtime, United Nations, New York, USA, 
1999, Throckmorton Gallery Sante Fe, New Mexico, 
1999, Galleria Gondwana Exhibition in Rome, Italy. 
1999, 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'sArt & 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, 
2007, LasVegas USA. June 2007 Auckland NZ.  
2008, Lismore and Coffs Harbour NSW.   2009 Hobart, Tasmania.

Select Bibliography:
Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, 
East Roseville, New South Wales. (C)

Women's Walpiri Voices, Aboriginal Development Institute Alice Springs, 

Birnberg & Kreczmanski, Aboriginal Artists dictionary of biographies, JB Publishing, (C).

Maryanne Hollow, 1999, Indigenous Art of the Dreamtime. United Nations Exhibition catalogue.

© Discovery Media, Documentation Pty Ltd, and the Australian 
Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Born at Anningie Station, north-west of Alice-Springs NT. In 1975 1 left 
school and got a job as a Literacy work producing books in my Language 
Warlpiri. 1 worked at the School for 13 years. In 1990 1 did a course through 
Batchelor College in the N'I' where I graduated and received a certificate 
for grade I teaching, then in 1992, I did grade 2 teaching in the classroom 
achieving to be come a teacher Linguist. 

During my working experience I was working with my elders doing a book 
about their life, which we called Warlpiri Women's Voices, there were 2 
other ladies working on the book. It took us 6 weeks to finish, transcribing 
from the tapes and translating into both Language Warlpiri and English. 
When the book was finish myself and the other 2 ladies went to Sydney to 
launch the book. 

In 1989, 1 started to paint my stories and dreamings, I sat with my mother 
and my 2 aunties, they showed me how to paint my dreamings and stories. 
I was also working as a interpreter for the elders for land claims. 
In 1990, 1 was appointed as a councellor for Batchelor College helping 
remote students for their abstudy and helping trainee Literacy workers 
in the Literature production centre with their annual reports. 

In 1999 1 had my solo exhibtion in Sydney, Chifley Plaza. I have also 
painted a cello with Malcolm Jagamarra, (my brother) for the Melbourne 
International Chamber Music Competition Inc. I went to New York to exhibit 
my paintings which was good experience for my future.

Over the last 5 years I have worked extensively with both the Department of 
Health and the Law Courts as an interpreter as I speak a number of languages.
I am currently studying law in NSW.

photo of paintings by Aboriginal artists Janet Long Nakamarra

Janet Long Nakamarra painting various styles in Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery, Darwin, NT