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.
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One of the top interior design trends for 2018 has been plant decor, in particular patterned plants. According to Pinterest searches for "pattern plants" was up a massive 533%! Naturally this has flown through into art and design and as luck would have it last year I began working on my 'Variegated' collection which is focused on the patterns found in leaves.
Format Magazine has an interesting read on why plants are having an art world moment here.
As Aimee Morris for Art Style Files puts it "More and more people are decking out their homes with plants. Who doesn’t love a good succulent? If your green fingers aren’t up to scratch, try one of these delicious botanical prints."
The Variegated collection launches in August, but until then I have a few original plant inspired pieces available 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
I'm so excited for June to have on show all together for the first time works from my new variegated series, plus, also for the first time I'll be taking part in the Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail and Open Studios!
From the 24th May-24th June you can find my work in the beautiful old Butter Factory building in Dayboro, just a short drive out of Brisbane, at the Mezzanine Gallery. On show is 'Natural Selection' a group exhibition. It really is a very unique space just above Entangle Living Art, the perfect spot to celebrate plants in art.
DEMO DAY: On Saturday 16th June from 10am I'll be at the gallery working on some new painted paper weavings. So pop by and say hello.
The gallery is open Wed-Sun 10-4pm at 38 Williams St, Dayboro.
This week is the start of BLACK & WHITE a group exhibition at Aspire Gallery where you can find my new work 'The Teahouse Ceiling' a large abstract painting part of my interlaced series.
Aspire Gallery is at 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington QLD open WED-SAT
Continuing on last years landscape work 'Watercourse' an abstract painting of the Australian desert will be shown at Aspire Gallery from 11-21 April. With an aerial perspective to highlight the patterns found in nature, it's a little bit of a preview for the work I'll be showing at the gallery in June as part of the Regeneration exhibition.
More good arty news arrived this week. My photographic weaving 'Morton Bay Morning' has been selected as a finalist in this years Morton Bay Art Awards. The photograph has been woven with fine strips of blue paper in various shades to compliment the image. The zig zag weave highlights the pattern found in water ripples and adds a lovely feeling of depth and movement.
The exhibition runs from 19 - 27 May, Strathpine
Very excited to announce that I am a finalist in the Milburn Art Prize for 2018 with my painting 'Woven Basket II'
I am particularly excited to be showing work from my new 'Interlaced' series. My family has been weaving for generations so it must be somewhere in my genes - if I'm not weaving paper and photography I'm painting or drawing the woven patterns. Looking forward to sharing more of these works over the coming months as well as a limited edition print release, but for now you can find this piece at the exhibition held in Brisbane from 27th April - 11th May at the Brisbane Institute of Art.
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.
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.