Janette Lucas is an Australian artist who lives & works between Ararat in Victoria, Darwin in the Northern Territory and more recently on the east coast in Brisbane, Pottsville & Byron Bay. She has been invited to live and work abroad in Indonesia, Austria & France, an enriching experience in her art practise.
Studied Fine Art in Melbourne, worked as an art teacher in technical colleges in Victoria, while doing illustration, layout and design for Oxford University Press and other projects, then moving to Maningrida in Arnhemland with her family.
Her work is in the public collections of MAGNT (Museum & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory), Parliament House Darwin, and the Supreme Court & Government House, Darwin Northern Territory, along with numerous private collections in Australia and overseas.
Between trips to Europe and Indonesia, she taught adult art classes on remote Aboriginal communities in the Top End, lectured in drawing at the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University) and lectured in art at Batchelor College in Rum Jungle.
Lucas is a Foundation benefactor to MAGNT (Museum & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory), and a benefactor to the National Gallery of Australia and TAMA - Textile Art Museum of Australia.
She has worked on numerous public art projects for Catholic Education Office Darwin & East Grampians Health Service. Over the last 2 decades she has produced exhibition catalogues and curated several art exhibitions.
In 1998 Janette and her family lived by invitation in Yogyakarta Java, where she worked towards several exhibitions, the first a solo exhibition at Ardiyanto Galeri in Magelang, following with shows in Darwin, Sydney and country Victoria.
The subject matter in her semi-abstract work includes chairs, cages, nets, interiors and architecture. A continuous thread throughout her paintings & drawings is the dominant use of line and bold colour, with her hallmark striped deck-chair canvas often appearing somewhere in her compositions.