|Artist Name:||Jennifer Gowen|
|State:||New South Wales|
I paint the world I see around me. My work is primarily influenced by the landscape and the beauty, shapes, subtleties, simplicities & complexities within that landscape.
I work abstractly, sometimes utilising collage & impastoed techniques with oils, acrylic & mixed media to produce bold works on canvas, board or paper.
Working intuitively I rely on shape & colour to interpret my feelings for the landscape from both an aerial perspective and close up. Lichen on stone, cracks on road surfaces, pebbles, rock pools, the patternation on rock faces & rock ledges at the edge of the ocean – these are just a few of the many sights that personally inspire me and inform my work practice.
My work grows from a process of experimentation as I attempt to break the subject matter down to the sheer essence of what I see and experience around me, rather than a literal interpretation of my subject matter.
Abstraction, although frustrating at times, is my chosen visual language and I find it gives me the freedom & satisfaction to express myself in a painterly fashion!
2011 Assistant-Co-ordinator/Curator & exhibitor – Catharsis, Tragedy
& Restoration, 50 Australian Contemporary Artists
- Afghanistan-Australia collaborative arts project held in Kabul,
Afghanistan, & United Arab Emirates.
2010/09 Week-long art workshops, Arthur Boyd Bundanon/Riversdale Trust
2007 Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts
2004 Diploma of Fine Arts (Distinctions in Painting & Sculpture)
2016 Ancient Stones, Moran Gallery
2014 Afghanistan, A Personal Insight
– Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
Afghanistan, A Personal Insight
– Shoalhaven Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
2009 Clarendon on York, Melbourne, Victoria
1998 Hester Gallery, Newtown
2008 Sacred Spaces, Bowral District Art Society Gallery
1995 An Italian Love Affair, The Kulture Shop/Gallery, Glebe
1994 Paper Diversions, Federation Zen Gallery, Bronte
2017 Friends on Show – Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery
– New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale
2016 Packsaddle exh. – New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale
Finalist – Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize
Contemporary Art Society of Victoria
2014 Invitation to exhibit at Tara Anglican Girls School
2013 Freedom Art Prize – Amnesty International, TAP Gallery
2012 Finalist, Open Section, Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize
Finalist, Contemporary Section, Fishers Ghost Art Prize
Finalist, Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery
Finalist, Port Stephens Art Prize
2011 The Great Unknown, Artsite Gallery, Sydney
Salon Christmas, Artsite Gallery, Sydney
Finalist – Turnbull Bequest Art Prize, Bowral
Exhibiting artist - 50 Australian Artists, Center for
Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
& Univ. of Wollongong, Dubai, UAE
2010 Tyler Gallery, Newcastle
Art of Sydney Awards, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
Finalist, Turnbull Bequest Art Prize, Bowral
JazzArt Awards, Wangaratta Regional Gallery, Vic.
Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Victoria
2009 From Within, Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle
2008 Recent Works, Depot II Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo
Finalist - Alvaro Painting Prize, Bowral
2007 Cross Bay Gallery, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
2006/07 The Big Summer Show, Blue Poles Gallery, NSW Nth. Coast
2004 Finalist, Winsor & Newton/Dymocks Art Prize, Sydney
Finalist, Kogarts Exhibition, Sydney
2000 Southern Sydney Artists, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
Paper, Emerging and Established Artists working with
Handmade Paper, - Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Qld.
Awards & Achievements Include:
2015 Painting on book cover of biography “Surviving the Killing Fields”
2010 Winner of Abstract Section, The Art of Sydney Awards
Four paintings featured in Japan Airlines inflight magazine,
2008 Highly Commended/Best Abstract Painting, Continuum Showcase
2006 Highly Commended, Continuum Showcase, Hazelhurst
2004 1st and 2nd Prizes (Painting), Kogarts Exhibition, Kogarah Council
Most Outstanding Sculpture Student of the Year, Southern
Sydney Art School