Janet Tjitayi was born in Ernabella, an Aboriginal community in the APY Lands in 1959, moving to Papunya in the 1980’s with her late husband. Janet began painting with Papunya Tjupi Arts when it first opened and in 2018 stepped into the role of a Director.
Janet first learned to paint from watching her grandmother, an APY artist who painted ‘Tjala Tjukurrpa’ (Honey Ant Dreaming). Janet paints ‘Ngayuku Ngura’ (My Country) which features designs associated with the landscape of Janet’s Country, Nyapari which is near Amata in South Australia. She uses a combination of dotting and line work to capture the immense beauty of Nyapari and produces detailed and considered works. Janet uses repetition of curved shapes to represent rock formations, rock holes and bush tucker, and paints concentric circles to represent waterholes and meeting sites.
Janet has exhibited widely across Australia as well as internationally, with her works often sought after by private collectors.