Janet Long Nakamarra

Born November 1978
Area Yuendumu
Skin Name


Janet was born in 1960 at Anninie in the traditional land of her people, Warntaparri. She belongs to the Warlpiri Lanuage group Anningie Station, northwest of Alice Springs on traditional land of the Warntaparri.

She is a Central Desert Warlipiri. 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. She began painting in 1989. Started with small boards and then moved to canvas when the local store in her home town started suppyling the material. Later on her brother Malcolm Jagamarra saw the talent in Janet and taught her advanced techniques of using acrylic paint on canvas. This medium made it easier for Janet to teach people about her culture and the stories handed down from her ancestors.

Janet has a deep-rooted understanding and knowledge of the traditional beliefs and practices of her people. Along with her ability as a linguist, Janet has the unique talent and capability to translate the symbols, icons and representational design found within her painting. The stories that she shares through the detail of her artwork are founded in the cultural identity and strength of the Warlpiri people. This combination allows her to impart understanding of her culture through the stories from her artwork in a manner that is achieved by few others. Currently Janet is studying law and working as an interpreter for various government agencies and community members of the Northern Territory. Today Janet‘s paintings are exhibited in Galleries throughout Australia and also overseas. Her art has entered national and international 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.




1999    Parker Gallery, Sydney

1998    “Out Of Australia” Exhibition, Lui Hai-Su National Art Museum,

Shanghai, China.

1998    Aboriginal Art Galleries, Melbourne

Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery, Alice Springs

1999    Jinta Desert Art Gallery, Sydney

a one-person exhibition, Sydney’s Chifley Square.

United Nations, New York, USA

2001    Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch, Oldenburg

Aboriginal Art Galerie Brit’s Art & Promotion

Quellenhof-Dorint Hotel, Aachen – EU-Australia Coal Conference –

Aboriginal Art Galerie Brit’s Art & Promotion

2002    Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Köln – Aboriginal Art Galerie Brit’s

Art & Promotion

“Jinta Jungu”, Museum für Naturkunde, Zentralinstitut der Humbold-

Universität zu Berlin, Berlin – Aboriginal Art Galerie Brit’s Art & Promotion,

Leere & Vision, Herford – Aboriginal Art Galerie Brit’s Art & Promotion

„art & communication“, Vodafone, Ratingen,

TOAAC Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Solo exhibition

2005     Ngapa Dreaming – Water, Coo-ee, Sydney

2008     „Common Ground, Schloss Zweibrüggen, Aboriginal Art Galerie Brit‘s

Art & Promotion, Germany



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,

Nyurruwiyilpalu miyi-parnta manu kuyu-parnta warru-wapaja, by Kitson Johnnny Japaljarri. (Long and expert account of how people gathered food before the whites. Transcribed by Janet Long Nakamarra.) Grade 7,8,9,10 Theme: Nyuruwiyi

Nyurruwiyi kujalpalujana Kardiyarlu Luwarnu, by Molly Nungarrayi. (A transcription of a story by Molly Nungarrayi about how her family was massacred. Transcribed by Janet Long Nakamarra.) Grade 7-9 Theme: kardiya

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