Artist Profile

Janet Long Nakamarra


Janet Long Nakamarra


Janet Long Nakamarra was born in 1960 at Anninie in the traditional land of Warntaparri people. She began painting in 1989 as her Aunts May and Molly Napurrula showed her how to paint the traditional body paint designs for her Warntaparri Dreaming.

Later on her brother Malcolm Jagamarra a famous Aboriginal artist taught her 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's mother Nora Long Nakamarra (deceased) and her sister Doreen Dickson Nakamarra are well known artist.

Janet depicts stories, mythology and religion of her people in her paintings. She is also a Linguist by training and has produced bi-lingual literature. 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 programmes. Her linguistic 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 review and correct any Aboriginal terms that were in the book.

Janet uses her deep knowledge of language to translate her Dreaming stories 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 paintings have been exhibited in reputable galleries in New York, Hong Kong and Australia.





Janet Long Nakamarra at Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre


You are welcome to visit our art gallery to view Janet Long Nakamarra and other aboriginal artists artwork on Linen/Canvas, Coolamon, Didgeridoo, Boomerang and Pottery at: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street, Sydney, 2000, NSW, Australia

Artworks by this artist

Women’s Ceremony ( Yawulyu )
Art No:JL-177
Size:106 X 169

Sand Dunes
Art No:JL-173
Size:109 X 200

Sandy Creek
Art No:JL-186
Size:80 X 120

Bush Honey Dreaming
Art No:JL-155
Size:96 X 193

Dry Waterholes (Ngapa)
Art No:JL-1191
Size:92 X 197

Bush Honey Dreaming
Art No:JL-171

Women’s Ceremony ( Yawulyu )
Art No:JL-174
Size:95 X 171

My Country
Art No:JL-196
Size:92 X 94

Seed Dreaming (Ngurlu)
Art No:JL-170
Size:135 X 180

Women's Ceremony (Yawulyu)
Art No:JL-181
Size:92 X 196

Sandy Creek
Art No:JL-169
Size:108 X 135

Dreaming Ceremony Ground (yawulyu- Kurlu)
Art No:JL-117
Dry Waterholes
Art No:JL-183
Size:91.5 X 191
Sandy Creek (Ngarnalkurru)
Art No:JL-198
Size:91 X 94
Water Dreaming (Ngapa Jukurrpa)
Art No:JL-168
Size:60 X 90
Sandy Creek (Ngarnalkurru)
Art No:JL-197
Size:88 X 94
Women's Ceremony
Art No:JL-194
Size:89 X 105
Water Dreaming (Ngapa Jukurrpa)
Art No:JL-199
Size:33 X 97
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