Janette Lucas lives & works between Ararat in Victoria and Darwin in the Northern Territory and in 1998 was invited to work and exhibit in Indonesia.
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 on other projects, before 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, 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 Victoria. Over the last 2 decades she has produced exhibition catalogues and curated several art exhibitions apart from her own.
In 1998 she spent some months in Yogyakarta she working towards several exhibitions, the first a solo show 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.