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.

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Finalists in the 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Above image: Janet Luxton, Suffolk Sheep, 2018, oil on Belgian linen, 130 x 110cm A huge congratulations to Maryanne Coutts, Harrie Fasher, …

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Janet Luxton – Highly Commended in the 2020 Wildlife Artist of the Year

Image: Janet Luxton, Kakapo, New Zealand night parrot, 2015, oil on Belgian linen, 120 x 170cm Congratulations to Sydney based painter …

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Australian Geographic on the beautiful paintings of Janet Luxton

Aussie artist brings animals and birds to life with beautiful detailed portraits “Sydney-based artist Janet Luxton says she hopes to …

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Home/Work – Glenn Morgan

Glenn Morgan’s work is currently on view in a public art exhibition at the soon-to-be-completed State Library Station, Franklin Street …

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Artists’ Book Award 2021 – Glenda Orr

Congratulations to Glenda Orr who has been presented with a highly commended award in the 2021 Artists’ Book Award for …

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Philip Noakes – 20th Anniversary Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Image above: Philip Noakes  Eclipse I  2019  Britannia silver and sterling silver (1503gms)  30 x 29 x 6 cm and …

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Sculpture By the Sea – Greg Johns

Congratulations to Greg Johns, who has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation to exhibit …

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Making Marks: Australia to Afghanistan – Counihan Gallery

Rosalind Atkins and Heather Shimmen have been involved in a long-distance international arts exchange project between a group of twenty …

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Heather Shimmen in ‘FEM-aFFINITY’ – Arts Project Australia

‘If Collaboration Is the Method, Activism Is the Intention’ FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project Australia and wider …

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Finalists in Dobell Drawing Prize #22

Above image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Wattle, 2020, charcoal on paper prepared with acrylic,  114 x 180 cm     A huge …

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2021 Burnie Print Prize Finalists

Image above: Danielle Creenaune  Silent falls: Carrington  2020  stone lithograph and chine colle  52 x 43 cm Congratulations to the …

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Cameron Hayes – Blake Prize 2021

Image above: Cameron Hayes  Angry angels help Adam with the first dictionary  2020  oil on canvas  198 x 254 cm …

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Camie Lyons – Interview with The Grace Tales

Camie Lyons recently sat down with The Grace Tales‘ Georgie Abay for an intimate conversation about art and life. Throughout …

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