Janet Luxton

Sydney based artist Janet Luxton worked as a draftsman and graphic designer in Auckland during the 1970’s. In 1981 she joined a major yacht construction project and sailed to San Francisco in 1984. It was here that she studied painting at the San Fransisco Art Institute with photorealist artist Richard McLean before a period at the Jerusalem Print Workshop in Israel studying etching and other printmaking techniques with Arik Kilemnick. Between 1989 and 2011 Janet designed, built and operated two small wineries in NSW and South Australia with attached galleries for her paintings, drawing and etchings.

Painting with deft technical skill and sensitivity, Janet Luxton’s exquisite paintings capture the magnificence and diversity of the creatures of the natural world. More than realist interpretations of wildlife, each meticulous brushstroke by Luxton reveals the animal’s distinct character, as well as the artist’s deep respect and connection to each being she portrays. By working on a large scale, Luxton’s paintings not only reinforce the beauty and importance of the natural world, but they force the audience to contemplate our role and responsibility in protecting wildlife in all its forms.

Janet has been a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Dobell Prize for Drawing, The Pacific Rim Print Exhibition and the Outback Art Prize. She has also won the Gold Award at the National Packaging Council of Australia and was commissioned by the New Zealand post to feature on a set of six stamps. Most recently, Janet was awarded Highly Commended in the People’s Choice Category in the 2020 Wildlife Artist of the Year through the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

2021

In Blog

Janet Luxton – Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize People’s Choice Award Winner

Above image: Janet Luxton On Mount Olympus 2022  oil on Belgian linen  150 x 130 cm Congratulations to Janet Luxton …

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Janet Luxton – ‘Feather and Brush, A History of Australian Bird Art’ by Penny Olsen

Janet Luxton  Orange bellied parrot  2016  oil on linen  120 x 156 cm   Congratulations to artist Janet Luxton who …

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Pippin Drysdale, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Janet Luxton and Sarah Tomasetti – Finalists in the 2022 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize.

Sarah Tomasetti  Incoming Snows (Uttarakhand Series)  2022  oil on Roman black fresco plaster  83x150cm   Congratulations to artists Pippin Drysdale, …

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Barbie Kjar – Winner of the 2024 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

Image above: Barbie Kjar and her winning work No Expectations  2024 Photograph by Louisa Chircop Congratulations to Barbie Kjar, Winner …

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David Frazer ‘All That You’ve Loved’ Exhibition at Trinity College

‘David Frazer is primarily a graphic artist, a printmaker, who in his work creates a little microcosm, or a convincing …

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Michael Buzacott – SLOT Window Gallery 2024

Image above: Michael Buzacott  Olympia  2024  steel  199 x 130 x 69 cm   SLOT is an independent window gallery …

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Heather Shimmen Exhibition Featured in Memo Review

Curator Sheridan Palmer has written an insightful review for Memo Review of Heather Shimmen’s solo exhibition  The Sun Shining Ultravioletly …

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Dale Miles, Stephanie Monteith and David Horton – IGNITE Fundraising Event for Women for Change

Image above: Stephanie Monteith   Box and Crane  2022  graphite on paper  37 x 27 cm Fundraising event for Women for …

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Andrew Antoniou and Barbie Kjar – Finalists in the 2024 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

Barbie Kjar  No Expectations  2024  ink, charcoal and conte on Somerset paper  56 x 76 cm Congratulations to Andrew Antoniou …

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Jennifer Keeler Milne – Grafton Regional Gallery

‘Reflecting about the last few years of my practise, I realised that the perspective to which I’m constantly drawn is …

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Deborah Williams in ‘GAZE’ group exhibition – Australian Print Workshop

Deborah Williams  Differences in degree  2016  etching, engraving, aquatint and roulette, edition 20, 53 x 56 cm A selection of works …

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Greg Weight’s portrait of Emily Kam Kngwarray included in NGA exhibition

Image: Professor Fred Myer and curator Kelli Cole pictured at the NGA Artworks L-R: Sandover Map, Cartography © Brenda Thornley …

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Philip Davey – Documentary by Peter M Lamont

Philip Davey, pictured in his studio Filmmaker Peter M Lamont, of Handmade Films, has created a short film focusing on …

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