Janelle Stockman Biography

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Janelle Stockman was an extremely talented artist, whose life was tragically cut short at 32 years of age in a car accident in November 2009. Born in 1978, she was a Western Arrernte artist, but spent most of the time with her husband’s family at Utopia. Billy Stockman, who is famed for being one of the original members of the Papunya Tula artists, was Janelle’s grandfather.

Janelle began painting in 2001. She drew inspiration for her paintings from her traditional home land at Hermannsburg and Papunya, as well as Utopia. Her primary subjects were Country, Sand Dunes, Women’s business, Women’s Dancing and Colour, and her dream to be a famed artist like her grandfather. 

Her earliest works featured bold lineage, dot work and traditional concentric circles. 

Janelle was keen to become one of Australia’s top artists. From the moment her new designs emerged, her work was admired by many and featured in multiple exhibitions. In April 2005, Janelle had her first solo exhibition, and in May 2006, she visited Sydney for the first time for an exhibition featuring her Sand Hill paintings. He work has since been shown throughout the USA. 

The tragedy of her passing not only left her young children motherless but a promising artistic career cut short.  Janelle's legacy remains in the powerful nature of her artworks. 



2010  Untitled. Unfinished. A Collection of Works by the late Janelle
Stockman, Solo exhibition, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2009  Brush With Art, The Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, South Australia
2007  Thirsty Lands 2007, Mbantua Gallery Darwin solo exhibition launched by Susan McCulloch
2007  Patterns of Power, Art from the Eastern Desert, Simmer on the Bay Gallery, Sydney
2007  Eastern Desert Dreaming, Artists from Utopia, GalleryG, Brisbane
2006  Janelle Stockman and Kylie Kemarre, Addison Road Gallery, Marrickville, NSW
2006  Janelle Stockman – Recent Paintings, Solo exhibition, Helen Gory Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2006  The Stockman’s Grand Daughter, Mbantua Gallery solo exhibition
2005  Janelle Stockman, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T (Solo exhibit)
2005  Utopia Revealed (group show), Japingka Gallery, Fremantle (February-March 05)
2004  Artitja FineArt, Fremantle, W.A
2003  Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA