I'm always excited to hear the pick for Pantone Color of the Year, must be the designer in me, but I was particularly excited this morning to find they chose Living Coral. Perfect timing to introduce my current collection of coral themed artwork.
This series of works has been inspired by the beautiful natural patterns found in the underwater world – macro and microscopic images of coral, little bubbles of water on the beach and rockpools. So if you're looking for a little living coral art please check out the available originals sections of the website. Beyond the Shallows available exclusively via Art Lovers Australia.
The Art Lovers Australia Prize is on again and this year I have entered "Beyond the Shallows" a new abstract painting inspired by the beautiful natural patterns found in the underwater world.
You can vote for your favourite work and go in the draw to win a $1,000 voucher to spend on the Art Lovers Australia website. You just need be an Art Lovers Australia subscriber. If you'd like to vote for my piece just follow the link and click on the little heart next to LOVE THIS
To celebrate my very first solo exhibition in Brisbane I have put together a set of limited edition prints based on some of the original work from the show.
The Venation Series is taken from my paper cuttings which each had a background on suminagashi, Japanese marbling or watercolours behind. These pieces are inspired by the delicate patterns found in leaf veins, the venation system.
Available in three sizes, prints start from $50 including free domestic shipping.
Shop online here.
Regeneration is finally here! Wow it's been a lot of work the last few months putting together work for the inaugural Aspirant Collection Showcase and my solo show in August. I'm very excited to start sharing the finished work for the Regeneration exhibition and to say it's hung and ready to visit.
The exhibition is being held at Aspire Gallery in Brisbane where most people would have seen my woven landscapes over the past 18 months. So for this special group show I wanted to introduce something old and something new. My painted pattern work is an continuation of the weavings, inspired by nature, and my landscape painting was actually the main focus of my art practice for many years. It's been great picking up the paint brush again and I've got some interesting painting/weaving combinations coming up. In fact I'll be at the gallery on Sunday 24th working on a few new pieces along with other exhibiting artists if you get the chance, stop by and say hi.
My landscape work has always been a response to the patterns and textures found in nature, and in what I have titled my Regeneration collection to tie in with the show, it focuses on the Australian outback, mostly with an aerial perspective.
I enjoy working with an aerial view for landscapes as it highlights the commonality of patterns seen in nature and the reoccurring designs found at any scale, from the microscopic to the satellite. To show along side the landscapes I have produced a few pattern pieces inspired by tiny pollen grains seen through an electron microscope, the Mulla Mulla plant (sometimes called Pussytails) is widespread throughout mainland Australia and can often been found flowering in the desert.
The Australian outback is a rich tapestry of changing colours and patterns. Some of these same arrangements are found at the macro or microscopic level in the plants, water and rocks. Tiny dots of vegetation, wild flowers and shrubs, come and go or alter in shade with the seasons. Regenerated by rivers and creeks running like threads through the landscape.
Regeneration runs from 20th - 30th June 2018
Wednesday - Saturday 10:30am - 4:30pm
53 Kennedy Tce, Paddington
Opening Night is Saturday 23 June, 4pm - 6pm
This month sees the SNAP photography exhibition at Brisbane's Aspire Gallery come round again for another year. I really like to make a point of taking part in this one as I feel it's so important to accept and celebrate photography as the art form it is; unfortunately there are too many art sites and competitions that don't allow photography in as though it is somehow less worthy.
This year I wanted to show a different way of using photography. Rather than the photo being the finished piece itself, it is the focal point and an important part of the art making process. Several images were mixed together to create an abstract background which then formed the basis for each of the artworks above. Both include the same selection of photographs - a piece of patterned fabric, paper scraps, a string of lights and the studio desk covered in paint. Together they combine with some images of green watercolour washes to make the texture which has been collaged and painted over. The vase and the hanging basket made from woven recycled paper, and yes, the succulents are lots and lots of punched paper circles.
SNAP18 runs from the 14th - 24th March at Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Tce, Paddington.
Excited to share the finished images of these two new landscapes I've been working on this month. The Lookout I and The Lookout II. Digital collages from security envelope lining, photography and watercolour washes, with cut paper on board. 25x25cm
This year I've set myself the challenge of going more three dimensional with my work, particularly with the landscapes. It was also nice to try and work with a different colour palette for a landscape with the pinks and greens.
They will be on show at Aspire Gallery next month 1 - 15 February as part of Petite Pieces 2017.
53 Kennedy Terrace Paddington
If you follow any of my social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram, you've probably noticed a lot of blue and white lately. Last month I was busy getting ready for a group exhibition at the Aspire Gallery in Brisbane's Paddington. The theme was 'comforts of home' and I took it as an opportunity to resurrect some old ways of working as wall as learning some new skills.
Having spent a significant portion of my life traveling I was interested in exploring what images might represent home when I've had so many different ones. I decided to narrow it down the most recent few cities, adopting a very homely subject of chintz fabric, patchwork and china plates.
Using different floral and bird motifs I created individual artworks to represent a home city and country. The passion fruit to me is Brisbane, Sydney the frangipani, London a rose and Wellington a Kawhai. The birds are a Rainbow Lorikeet for Australia, Wren for England and Tui for New Zealand.
Using antique illustrations as a starting point I recreated the flowers and birds from security envelope lining, then grouped them together to form a chintz 'fabric' pattern. It was my first attempt at making a repeatable pattern and is definitely something I'd like to try again.
I printed the pattern in large format then cut it into piece along with more security envelope lining to create a large paper patchwork. I then went back to the individual floral images and created blue and white china plate designs. It was nice to go back to working with porcelain again, something I used to use a lot in my NZ gallery. This time rather than hand painting I was able to transfer my designs directly from the printer onto the plates. There are also limited edition prints of these pieces on lovely glossy paper.
You can see the real things at the Aspire Gallery until 20th August at 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington. Limited edition prints are available on the website.
Jennifer is a multidisciplinary Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Her unique work combines traditional art and textile techniques from around the world, such as weaving, with her formal training in fine art photography and digital imaging.