Janice Kngwarreye

Dreamings, 2021
Acrylic on canvas
35 x 24 x 1 in
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Born in 1959, Janice Kngwarreye Morton, got her inspiration from her parents, Utopian artists Mary Kemarre and Billy (Stockman) Pitjara Morton. She belongs to the Alyawarr tribe and lives in Rocket Range, on Utopia Station, with her sisters and extended family.

Together with her mother and siblings, she was a member of the the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) batik-making community projects which resulted in Utopia.

Her introduction to acrylic painting on canvas began when CAAMA initiated Utopia Women’s Paintings the first works on canvas – A Summer Project.

Janice’s work is featured in the Robert Holmes a Court exhibition and collection which has toured extensively within Australia and overseas. (https://www.amazon.com/Utopia-picture-batiks-Robert-Collection/dp/0646009095), Janice’s favorite subjects are Sweet honey Grevillea, Wild Flowers, honey Ant and Rainbow.

• 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
• 1990, 'Utopia - A Picture Story,' an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland.
• 1990, Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Center for the Arts, United States of America.
• 1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney