Janice Clarke Kngwarreye

Born: c. 1958

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, Linen and Wood, Silk Batik, Wood Carvings

Subjects: Alhepalh (Acacia dictyophleba), Country, Ilyarnayt (Acacia validinervia), Bush Food, Rainbow Dreaming, Bush Flowers

Janice comes from a strong family of artists working in painting, carving and batik. Her husband, Wally Clarke Pwerle, is a respected painter and carver. Her work is represented in the collections of Holmes á Court, National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. Janice participated in the 'Utopia Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project' and 'Utopia - A Picture Story' an exhibition of 88 works of silk.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


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 á Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Centre for the Arts, USA
1991 Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1998 Dreamings, Vlaams-Europeesch Conferentiecentrum, Brussels, Belgium
1998 Museum Dorestad, Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands
1998 The Hague Unites the Nations, Grote Kerk, The Hague, The Netherlands
1998 Volkenkundig Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Further References

Brody, A. 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Work on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89., cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth
Brody, A. 1990 Utopia, a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd Perth
Johnson. V 1994 The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales
  1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings Ltd Perth 1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
NATSIVAD Data Base 1997