New works by Jane Gerrish
Sydney artist Jane Gerrish will open a solo exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore on 12 May 2018.
IN THE EXHIBITION entitled ‘Still Light’, Gerrish draws on her passion for research to take viewers on a journey through time. Her curiosity is infectious as a narrative rich in history and intrigue unfolds over four series’ of drawings.
Inspired by an exhibition of masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum and a visit to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Orchard Street, New York, Gerrish follows the tradition of 17th century master studies. Paying homage to a selection of Dutch and German artists she demonstrates her own phenomenal skill with her chosen mediums of charcoal, graphite and coloured pencil.
‘Studying these artworks and interpreting the different textures of the painted compositions in charcoal proved a new artistic challenge, and a wonderful way to learn more about the genre’ – Jane Gerrish (referring to her ‘Sumptuous Series’ of still life drawings).
In this series, ripe fruit, a dove caught flying on stilled wings, intimate moments of dressing and forms abstracted into pattern each recall images from the Dutch Golden Age of painting and early plate photography. Light and a momentary suspension of the clock define the scenes which are intensely quiet and atmospherically lit.
Jane’s experience as a designer in the fashion industry comes to bear in her art practice which is characterised by highly detailed and tonal drawings each meticulous and precise. The ‘shocking pink’ used in her ‘Orchard Series’ was invented in 1931 by visionary fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and is another fashion industry reference which brings an unexpected and distinctly 21st century twist to the body of work.
Since 2016, Jane’s work has been exhibited at several galleries in Sydney including Gallery East, Clovelly, where she held her first solo exhibition in that year. She has been a finalist in many art prizes including the Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington, 2016 and 2017; and the M16 Drawing Prize 2016, M16 Gallery, Canberra.
The exhibition will run at Suki & Hugh Gallery
from 12 May – 24 June 2018.
An opening reception will be held from 3–5pm on Saturday 12 May. All welcome.
MAIN: Homage to Georg Flegel (detail) by Jane Gerrish, 2018. Coloured pencil, 53 x 53cm.
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