Jenny Watson

Three Graces
, 2014
Acrylic, Japanese pigment, tapestry and diamantes on Belgian linen
137 x 250 cm Click to enlarge

Biography

Born in Melbourne, Australia 1951

Lives and works in Brisbane, Australia

 

Jenny Watson is known for candid works that document her life and dreams. Her paintings reflect a particular emphasis on women’s experience by depicting female figures onto materials selected for their cultural significance, geographic origins and individual histories.

Over the past thirty years Jenny Watson has explored the interior through a personal iconography. Through her paintings we are offered a lexicon of horses, pets, friends, found phrases and everyday ephemera, together building subjective representations of the artist. Each work can be read as a conjunction of its textual and visual motifs, together with its title, but also in reference to her preceding body of work. The interrelation of these different elements in Watson’s work is not arbitrary. Rather, they are connected much as different elements in our lives are, at times strongly inter-related yet at other times connections can be fleeting or fragmentary.

Exhibitions include: ‘Painting, More Painting – Chapter 2’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2016); ‘Shut Up and Paint’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2016); ‘Chronicles’, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2016); ‘Beyond the Tower: UQ Art Museum – 40 Years and Counting’, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2016); ‘Radical Romanticism’, Crane Arts, Philadelphia (2015); ‘Pop to Popism’, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2014); ‘Garden of Eden & Child’s Play’, Galerie Transit, Belgium (2014); ‘Solitaire’, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria (2014); ‘Basil Sellers Art Prize 4’, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne (2014); ‘Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); ‘Jenny Watson: here, there and everywhere’, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne (2012); ‘Tomio Koyama Gallery’, Shibuya, Japan (2012); ‘Material Evidence’, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Germany (2009); and ‘Paintings with Veils and False Tails’, Australian Pavillion, Venice Biennale (1993).

Public collections include: Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Ghent Museum, Belgium; and Monash University, Melbourne.

 

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Recent Works

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Palomino Pony
, 2016
Oil and acrylic on French furnishing velvet; Acrylic on two prepared oval text panels; Vintage ceramic rabbit on shelf
152 x 122 cm; 46 x 30 cm; 20 x 15 cm

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The Pretty Face of Domesticity
, 2015
Acrylic on French furnishing fabric
100 x 141 cm

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A Woman on the Edge
, 2014
Acrylic, Japanese pigment, tapestry and diamantes on Belgian linen
141.5 x 251.5 cm

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Grieving Mare and Dead Foal
, 2014
Oil and acrylic on antique French damask primed with rabbit skin glue
136 x 110 cm

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Lonely Ballerina
, 2014
Oil and acrylic on French chiffon primed with rabbit skin glue, imitation Barbie doll on shelf
147 x 70 cm

Publications

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Chronicles
, 2016
Griffith Artworks

News

Retrospective of Jenny Watson’s primitive style strikes a chord

From The Age, 10 November 2017
by Kerrie O'Brien

For Jenny Watson, who grew up in sleepy Mont Albert and then the Dandenongs, coming into the city to study art was a gamechanger. It was the 1970s and inner city Melbourne was a hot bed of creativity. The emergence of the music scene in particular was revolutionary, with St Kilda as its epicentre. “There were droves of […]

Jenny Watson’s ‘The Fabric of Fantasy’

From The Saturday Paper, Edition No. 167, July 29 – August 4, 2017
by Patrick Hartigan

At her best, Jenny Watson is less a painter of things than a generator of energy. Her works aren’t about their content so much as the field of time through which that content briefly rides. This is particularly the case when her compositions lose their centrality, when the shapes, smears and drawn reveries drift to […]

Jenny Watson, The Fabric of Fantasy

‘JENNY WATSON: THE FABRIC OF FANTASY’ 5 July – 2 October 2017 “Jenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Curated by MCA Curator Anna Davis this survey exhibition features works from the 1970s to the present, including examples of Watson’s early realist paintings and drawings, and a number […]