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Janette Thompson

Life on Mars

Life on Mars

FAC - Curved Wall Gallery
Thursday 5 December to Saturday 8 February

M-F 9-5 Sat 9-2 + during FAC theatre performances | Free Entry
Christmas closure 24 Dec to Jan 1



Janette’s vibrant drawings and paintings are inspired by a keen interest in birds and a passion for conservation and the powerful lure of the fascinating colour and form of her subject matter.

A visual artist from Melbourne, Australia, Janette studied printmaking/painting/drawing at Caulfield Institute of Technology. Graduated with a Diploma of Art and Design, majoring in printmaking.

She also received a Graduate Diploma of Education from Hawthorn Institute of Education.
Represented in numerous painting, print and drawing awards whilst working at the Australian Print Workshop.
Janette currently works from her Melbourne studio, predominantly in the mediums of drawing and painting. All drawings are on high quality Arches Aquarelle 356gsm paper.

Janette’s keen interest in birds as a subject matter is mainly due to their fascinating colours and hard dinosaur-like beaks. Some birds, such as the cassowary, convey many hybrid type features, such as contrasts between soft, dynamic feathers and rigid shell-like structures.

Movement and the form of the bird are built up slowly so as to evolve on the paper. This is achieved rather like a sculpture, so the outline of the bird is finally seen at the conclusion of the drawing.


Image: Life on Mars, 2019 (detail)


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