JENNY WATSON

JENNY WATSON

b. 1951, Melbourne.

Lives and works in Queensland.

Jenny Watson was born in 1951 in Melbourne, Australia. She completed her Diploma of Painting, National Gallery of Victoria Art School, Melbourne, Australia (1972) and Diploma of Education, State College of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (1973). From 1978-1984 she was a Partner in Art Projects, Melbourne, (Artist run space). Since 2002 Jenny has been an Adjunct Professor, Queensland College of the Arts, Griffith University, Australia.

She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in countries including London, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Japan, Canada, UK, Vietnam, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and India. In 1993 Jenny represented Australia at the 45th Venice Biennale, Italy.

Collections include Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Artbank, Sydney; Australian Embassy, Washington; Australian Law Courts, Melbourne; Vienna Academy of Arts and Craft, Vienna, Austria; Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan. Jenny currently lives and works in Queensland, Australia.

"For 25 years my work has been concerned with possible relationships between text and image in a conceptual/minimal installation dialogue. I tend to work with selected fabrics of standard width that are then put aside until an appropriate image is found. These fabrics are usually standard dress fabric widths, and the length is cut to be roughly analogous to my height. These fabrics are sometimes stretched or left unstretched. I do self portraits, images of horses, highly subjective images based on memory that are then put with a text. The images are painted sparely for maximum effect. Sometimes horeshair, buttons, images from magazines are applied to the surface. The text could be snatches of dialogue from a film or a list of some personal significance. The text can be humorous, deadpan, highly emotional, found etc. One is left uncertain whether the text relates to the image. It is the dialogue between these random aspects of everyday life that I am interested in. In this way a space opens up between the text and the image."

- Jenny Watson, Artist Statement

JENNY WATSON - 'French Made: French Maid', 2014, oil and acrylic on rabbit skinglue primed cameo patterned cotton,diptych: 139 x 100cm each
I WOKE UP IN FRANCE
2014
JENNY WATSON - Woman from the back with a mobile phone, 2010, acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed vintage French fabric, 144 x 72 cm, and acrylic on two prepared canvas text panels
FIVE PAINTINGS ABOUT A MOBILE PHONE
2011
JENNY WATSON - Stepping Stone (girl), 2007/8, acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed cotton with ribbon stripe organza "cover", 190 x 115cm
UNDERCOVER
2008
JENNY WATSON - Ginger Cat (from Snow series), gouache on found Japanese magazine paper, 40 x 26.5cm
COOLWORLD
2006
JENNY WATSON - Self portrait with striped wallpaper, 2004, oil and acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed cotton230.5 x 102.5cm - text panel 56 x 70cm
WOMAN & CAT IN AN UPPER WEST SIDE APARTMENT
2004
JENNY WATSON - 1984, (detail of one canvas), 2000, two large paintings, 114 x 180cm & 200 x 120cm & 4 small panels, acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed chintz cotton, text pnel, horstail
NEW YORK WORKS
2002
JENNY WATSON - He has no intention of marrying the woman he was living with / Claustrophobia, 1990/91, oil on taffeta, 101 x 140cm - text panel - oil on shirt cotton, 25 x 46cm
MISCELLANEOUS
 
BIOGRAPHY
1951Born in Melbourne, Australia
1972
Diploma of Painting, National Gallery of Victoria Art School, Melbourne, Australia
1973Diploma of Education, State College of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
1978-84
Partner in Art Projects, Melbourne, (Artist run space)
2002Adjunct Professor, Queensland College of the Arts, Griffith University, Australia
Teaching 
1973-86Education Department + Tertiary Colleges – Australia
1988-89Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
1996Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
1997-2000Various Lectures, External Assessor and Teaching Sessions at Sydney College of the Arts,
RMIT and VCA
2000-01QCA, Griffith University, Morningside/Gold Coast Campuses
2002Adjunct Professor, QCA,Griffith University, Southbank/Gold Coast Campuses
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011Five paintings about a mobile phone, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2010The Daisy Show, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Jenny Watson, CIAP, Belgium
2009Material Evidence, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Germany
Opq- Project Show, The Factory, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
2008Undercover, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Galerie Axel Holm, Ulm Germany
Walking the dog, Malkasten, Dusseldorf
2007Illusionations, Galerie Daniel Varenne, Geneva, Switzerland
Star Material, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
2006

Vintage Paintings and New Watercolours, Galerie Transit, Mechelen, Belgium
Paris Fashion Week, Peloton Galleries, Sydney
Cool World, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Works made in Sri Lanka, Anna Schwarz Gallery, Melbourne

2005Material Evidence, DELL Gallery, QCA, Brisbane
2004Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2003IASKA, Kellerberrin, Perth, Australia
Child’s Play, Yokohama Musem of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Hatano Fine Arts, Osaka, Japan
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2002Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
gimpel fils ltd, London, UK
2001Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Kelowna Art Museum, B.C. Canada
Galerie Transit, Leuven, Belgium
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
2000Galerie Achim Kubinski, Berlin, Germany
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1999Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1998gimpel fils ltd, London, UK
Dina Carolla, Naples, Italy
Hanoi College of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam
Galerie Transit, Leuven, Belgium
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
1997Universitätsmuseum, Marburg, Germany
Studio d’arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1996Kunstverein Rosenheim, Germany
Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany
manus presse, Stuttgart, Germany
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1995Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
Galerie Fabian Walter, Basel, Switzerland
Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Galerie Janine Mautsch, Köln, Germany
Galerie Hilger, Wien, Austria
1994Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Galerie Transit, Leuven, Belgium
Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany
Yoshida Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
1993Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Galerie Hilger, Frankfurt, Germany
City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Galerie Janine Mautsch, Köln, Germany
Galerie Roberta Lietti, Como, Italy
45th Biennale of Venice, Australian Pavilion, Italy
Galerie von Witzleben, Karlsruhe, Germany
Yoshida Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Galerie Hilger, Wien, Austria
1992Yoshida Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1991Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA
Galerie Hilger, Wien, Austria
Meppener Kunstkreis, Meppen, Germany
City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
1990Galerie Hilger, Frankfurt, Germany
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011India Art Summit (Greenaway Art Gallery stand), New Delhi, India
2010We Call Them Pirates Out Here, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Melbourne / Brisbane: punk, art and after, The Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne
2009Avoiding Myth and Message: Australian Artists and the Literary World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2008Scope Basel (Greenaway Art Gallery stand), Switzerland
The Brisbane Sound, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
2007National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize 2007, UQ, Brisbane
Art Brussels 2007, Brussels, Belgium
Art 38 Basel, with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Switzerland
2007 Milano Art Fair, with Giordano Raffaelli, Italy
Innocence and Experience, Gimpel Fils, London
Let Them Roam, Harrison Galleries, Sydney
2006The Idea of the Animal, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2005So You Wanna Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star, Paintings from the NGV Shell Collection, NGV touring exhibition
10/21 - VCA at the Venice Biennale, VCA, Melbourne
Drawing Centre, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
Blur, Dell Gallery @ QCA, Brisbane
The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Melbourne
If the walls could talk, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Critical Mass, Transit Gallery, Belgium
Gallery artists in new space, Giordano Raffaelli, Italy
Castellón Painting Prize, Municipal Art Centre of Alcorcon, Madrid
2004Parental Guidance Recommended, Galerie Transit, Mechelen, Belgium
Fuoriluogo 9, una moderna babele, Pinacoteca Dinamica, Campobasso, Italy
2003START, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Calvese, Italy
2001parallel structures, David Pestorius project,Southbank, Brisbane
Speilhoven Project, Belgium
Group Show, Annina Nosei
2000Spin Me Round, Metro Arts, Brisbane
Mommy Dearest, gimpel fils ltd, London, UK
1999Galerie Stalke, Copenhagen, Denmark
Drawing + Object, Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Axel Holm Galerie, Ulm, Germany
1998Private Parts, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1997Drawings, Annina Nosei, New York, USA
Museum of San Marino, Italy
The Book of Lies Project, Eugenia Butler, Los Angeles, USA
Hotel on Fire, Kelowna Museum, Canada
1996Andere Orte, various venues, Germany
1994Works on paper, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York
The human measure, Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf, Germany
1993-94Confess and Conceal, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
National Gallery of Art, Singapore
National Gallery of Art, Bangkok
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Australian Centre, Manila
Australian Embassy, Jakarta
1993Prospect, Kunstverein Frankfurt + Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt
Wit's End, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
 
AWARDS
2005Fellowship, Visual Arts Board
Project Grant, Arts Queensland
1999Semifinalist, “Parque de la Memoria”, Sculpture Prize, Argentina
1997Residency, Chemnitz, Germany July 1998
Deacons Graham & James award residency in Tokyo - January, February 1999
Residency, College of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam December 1997 - March 1998
1990Portia Geach Art Prize
1987Newcastle Art Prize (joint winner with Mike Parr)
1986Gold Medal, Indian Triennale, Delhi
1984Half Standard Grant, Visual Arts Board
1980Grant to Individuals, Visual Arts Board
1979Alliance Francaise Fellowship
1975Georges' Prize (shared) Travel Grant, Visual Arts Board
 
COLLECTIONS
Armidale Art Gallery, Armidale NSW • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth • Artbank, Sydney • Australian Embassy, Washington, USA • Australian Law Courts, Melbourne • Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla • Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo • BHP Billiton • Chartwell Collection, Auckland, New Zealand • Gold Coast City Council, Queensland • Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt, Germany • Monash University, Clayton • Ghent Museum, Belgium • Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura • Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne • Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan • Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra • Queensland University, Brisbane • Ulmer Museum, Germany • University of Melbourne, Melbourne • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane • Vienna Academy of Arts and Craft, Vienna, Austria • Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia

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