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Janet Golder Kngwarreye

Janet Golder Kngwarreye Born: 1974
Jeremy “Mudjai” Devitt was born in Armidale, in 1974. He is a descendent of Nganyaywana, Daingutti (Dhanggatti), Gumbainga (Gumbaynggir) nations and has also English, Irish and Scottish heritage.
Devitt revealed his strong artistic talents as a child. Halfway through his HSC year he contracted Ross River Fever. It was then he decided to learn more about his culture and pursue painting. He has worked in many schools painting murals, playing didgeridoo and facilitating cultural workshops. He has been a member of Gungali Arts and Craft and Wadjar Art Group at Yarrawarra Aboriginal Corporation. In 1997 Devitt went to Darwin for the Fulbright Symposium ‘Indigenous cultures in an interconnected world’, where he met Uncle Peter Manabaru, a traditional man from Barunga community ,vho allowed Devitt to oaint with him. In 1998 Devitt, together with Sean Ryan and Roy Newman, formed the Aboriginal dance group ‘Wadjarrnaru Dancers’. In 1999 under the guidance of elder and artist Uncle Joseph Beard-Wallace of Ramingining, Northern Territory, Devitt began painting a style called ‘Spiritway’. They painted together over several years and held an exhibition together at the Byron Bay Youth Centre in 2002. Devitt continues Beard-Wallace’s legacy. Devitt has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally including:
• The Hague, Den Haag, The Netherlands (2006).
• Roda Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden (2004).
• Helsingborg, Sweden (2004).
• Rouguid-Festival, Amsterdam, Holland (2004).
• The Outback Gallery, Sydney (2004). Devitt is currently a student at the Eora College.

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