Janelle Stockman Biography and CV
Born in 1978, Janelle Stockman was a vibrant young Western Arrernte artist who drew her inspiration from the landscape, plants, animals and her grandfather's stories. Janelle began painting in 2001, but tragically passed in a road accident in 2009. As the granddaughter of Billy Stockman, a recognised Papunya artist, Janelle's Dreamings included her Country, women's business, sand dunes, flora and celebratory dance. Her inspiration came from her Country around Hermannsburg and Papunya as well as Arnkawenyerr, her husband’s Country located near Utopia.
Contrary to many of her contemporaries, Janelle's works do not directly recount a story of her family's Dreamtime as much as an expression of self. Her style was fresh and contemporary. Janelle always said her works were inspired from within, loving to mix beautiful colours, and did not feel confined in matching a particular colour to represent the landscape. Never afraid to experiment, her earliest works featured bold line work, dot work and traditional concentric circles. Janelle's rise was quick by many standards, with multiple exhibitions backed by a desire to be one of Australia's most recognised artists.
EXHIBITIONS2010 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