Janet Ayliffe was born and lived for eighteen years on Kangaroo Island, later moving to the Adelaide Hills where she lives with her family. She graduated in 1972 in Fine Art Painting from the S.A. School of Art. Janet has been a printmaker, painter and teacher for over thirty seven years. Janet conducts printmaking workshops in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, and once a year, a painting course in France. She teaches watercolour painting in the Wash House studio, the Hahndorf Academy, which she shares with her husband, artist, Glen Ash. Her work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions, with 17 one-person shows, which include Adele Boag Gallery, Greenhill Gallery and Adelaide Festival Centre visual art space. Her most recent one person show was at the Hahndorf Academy in 2011. Janet exhibits every year in the Sala week Fine Art Kangaroo Island show at the National Wine Centre. Prizes include works on paper 2006 Waterhouse prize and six times winner, works on paper, Victor Harbour and the 2007 Masterworks artist (Vic). Her work is in public and private collections in Australia and internationally. Recent commission work is in the new Oncology ward in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and recently 14 works have been purchased by the Flinders Private Hospital for their oncology wards. She has been a consistent finalist in the Waterhouse Prize, the Fremantle Print Prize and the Heysen Prize.
The images draw from her inner world, her family and the surrounding landscape of the Adelaide Hills and that of her childhood home on the Island.
Janet looks into the natural world with wonder and reverence, as she does with her inner life, combining and layering them in a unique visual expression.
The works shown here are the limited edition archival fine art reproductions of her watercolours on Arches cotton rag paper, and limited edition etchings on Hahnemuhle papers. The etchings are produced using a photopolymer material sometimes known as solar plate. Usually multiple plates carrying different colours are involved in each etching and sometimes chine collé, archival digital, and hand painted elements are used. Janet is pleased to join the T’Arts Collective, to exhibit with the members and with her son, the glass artist, Llewelyn Ash.