Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

Art Blog Diaries. Reminiscing & Evolving as an Artist.

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

I started this blog back in the early 2000’s as a sort of diary, to document my work and creative life and to give something back to others.

 

 

Going through some of my old posts recently, I was able to pin point, some pivotal moments in my life, of where my ideas and artworks originally came from, why my work and arts practice has changed and how, it’s evolved over the years, to where it is today.

 

 

 

After visits to Europe, UK and an arts residency in Spain, in 2005, I especially noticed some changes in the way I was working. Though I have always worked between disciplines, painting was always my main form of expression. I was becoming more dissatisfied with just painting and found it hard to do any creative work for awhile. Then, after a 3 month stay in France 2007, I realized I could no longer, only use paint, to express my ideas.

 

 

 

 

This led to a series of experimental installations, videos and a book of photographs. Touched by Dada and Surrealist ideas, I had to re-access what I was doing as an artist.

 

 

 

 

 

The installation and video below “Parisgrit” was shown at Tilt Gallery, in Melbourne in 2006. I can see quite a few interesting elements in it, but it’s way too long and very noisy. Maybe someday, I will get around to re-working it and revamping it into something else.

 

 

 

 

 

By looking back over my old blog posts or (diary entries) I find it helpful, to reflect on the areas, where I can make improvements and expand on previous ideas. I can also see where, my ideas have come from. I get a glimpse of how & why, my artwork, techniques and materials have changed over time and maybe where I could be heading in my arts practice.

5 New Paintings. Gaudi. Tuileries.

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Fresh from the studio…

Gaudi’s Catalan

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Touching Gaudi’s curves in Barcelona.
Acrylic paint, ink and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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Sitting with Catherine at Tuileries

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Little wooden chairs dotted around .Sitting enjoying the Tuileries garden after the Louvre.
Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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Gaudi’s Play

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Touching Gaudi’s curves in Barcelona.
Acrylic paint, Ink and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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Playing at Tuileries

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Playing under the arch in the Tuileries garden after the Louvre.
Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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Red Orange Float

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ABOUT THE ART – Red Orange Float.
Pure abstraction. A play with color, movement and line.

Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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Thank you Bluethumb!

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

I’m a bit late with this…

Thank you BLUETHUMB ! for listing me as one of your top 20 artists to watch in 2014

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Rustic Catalan Farmhouse & Frottage.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

I find Frottage rubbings are fun to do.  I did the rubbings, when I was an artist in residency in Spain. The rustic farmhouse was over 200 years old and once a winery. It had amazing textures throughout and the studio’s. were very generous in size.

Textural Surface Paintings. Barcelona Spain.

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Textural Surface Paintings I did in Spain.
In 2005 I was artist in residence at the Can Serrat International Art Center in Barcelona, Spain. During this time I completed several series of works; which developed as a result of solitary expeditions into the surrounding areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textural oil paintings on linen, linked to ancient Catalan architecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My little paintings are rubbings from actual surfaces around the Barcelona, Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient markings weathered , subtle & chalky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I added colour to my work with pure powder pigments and oils, hand mixed in my studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See more of my artwork at Outlook8studio on Etsy

 

Meet the Tenant Book.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

MEET THE TENANT BOOK (20% discount)

During the week I was cleaning out my book shelves and came across my book, “Meet the Tenant”. An underground survey of Paris.  It’s an unusual photographic survey of Paris. My photographs in this book are a “non-clichéd” look at Paris. Instead of focusing on the famous monuments, I zoom in on what is beneath the surface, photographing hidden places, including a storage area under an apartment.

I know I’m crazy but, I love spaces underground.

“There’s a life underneath the earth, and people don’t know about it, but it’s very busy and living,” she said.“I have taken photos of the Eiffel Tower but I go under it, and look at closer fragments.”

If you would like to buy a copy of my book…

Buy “Meet the Tenant’

DESCRIPTION: ” Meet the Tenant” Photography in Paris Australian Artist Jenny Davis. After a venture into the dungeon area under a Paris apartment. I could feel past lives lurking within its damp walls and eerie narrow chambers of numbered red doors. I spent many days down there alone soaking in the atmosphere of the space in order to connect to some sort of creative energy which eventually took off in all directions. I am fascinated by the beauty in the unseen the contained and murky, sometimes thought of as dirty and ugly.

Hidden Spaces Exposed.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Thank you very much Kimberley Seedy and Lawrence Pinder, for the great article and photographs you created for the Leader newspaper about my latest exhibition at Burrinja 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey Victoria

11 Feb 11 @ 06:01am by Kimberley Seedy

Jenny Davis shows some of the paintings and photographs at her Burrinja Cafe exhibition.s LAWRENCE PINDER N33FP405

A COLLECTION of paintings and photographs featuring some overseas locations are on display in a new exhibition in Upwey. Abstraction and Beyond, featuring the work of artist Jenny Davis, is on at the Burrinja Cafe until March 1.

It consists of seven framed abstract oil paintings on paper, created in Barcelona in 2005, together with mounted night photographs shot in underground locations in Paris in 2010.

Davis describes her photographs as a “non-cliched” look at Paris.

Instead of focusing on the famous monuments, she zoomed in on what was beneath the surface, photographing hidden places, including a storage area under an apartment.

Davis said she loved the spaces underground.

“There’s a life underneath the earth, and people don’t know about it, but it’s very busy and living,” she said.

“I have taken photos of the Eiffel Tower but I go under it, and look at closer fragments.”

Burrinja Cafe is at 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey.

Abstraction & Beyond (update)

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Exhibition update:

“Abstraction & Beyond”

Feb.2-1 March

Burrinja Cultural Center

351 Glenfern Road (cnr Matson Drv),

Upwey, VIC, 3158 .

Open Daily 9am-5pm.

If you are heading over to the Dandenongs over the next month, checkout my exhibition “Abstraction & Beyond’ at the Burrinja Cultural Center in Upwey, Victoria.

I just finished hanging the exhibition on Tuesday with the help of Amy Jo Jory, who runs the gallery at Burrinja. A cross-cultural mix of oil paintings I created at an arts residency in Barcelona, Spain, together with mounted night photographs I shot in Paris last winter.

I’m very pleased with the way it looks. My Spain paintings really connect to the space. At Burrinja they have taken on a very Australian feel yet, they are also Spanish. I can see both cultures in the paintings.

I’m relieved it’s finally up and running and all the hard work has been done. Now I like to sit back, let go of the work and relax. Although I love having exhibitions, once they are over, I am always glad to move on and begin new ideas and projects.

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Burrinja Café provides great food and coffee in a fantastic intimate atmosphere that continues the indigenous theme of Burrinja Gallery. It is an 80 seat fully licensed café that will seduce you the moment you walk in. Escape the hustle into warm ochres, great art and comfy lounges. Enjoy lunch, group get-togethers, music events, or just relax. Burrinja cafe is the ideal place to eat while visiting Burrinja to enjoy the great art or day-tripping in the Dandenong Ranges.

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My Found-object Sculpture

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

DIARY ENTRY 2005“Surfaces tell the stories of History’s children. I travelled the surface of the battles. Napoleon and Hitler’s slaughter. The senseless bloodshed of scores of the Holy wars. As I entered the borders it invaded my skin, then, seeping into my soul, I saw where it happened over and over again. It clings to me and will stay.

In England I saw a ghost in nave at Canterbury Cathedral and visited the wonderful sea side village of Rye. Nearby the weird, bizarre but wonderful Dungeness. And the fantastic museum in Maidstone where I was the only one, creeping through the old corridors. I loved its ancientness.

In Spain, I felt the genius of Dali, Gaudi , Miro, Picasso and Antoni Tapies.The magic of Don Quixote, Flamenco, the dance and Catalan language.

I had fun with Tarrentino’s, Pulp Fiction in France and the beautiful city of Paris with its beautiful goldness, but no toilets. I fell in love with Venice , Florence and the Renaissance. The architecture cathedrals and more.”

Further, marketing & promoting your art online

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Continuing on from my last post …

I would like to share with you just a sample of what can be done through marketing and promoting your arts business online.Without the computer I couldn’t have done any of this and ANYONE can do this if you are willing to put in the time and energy….while still saving time for precious creative pursuits

I have included parts of a letter I sent to an arts body in Australia “explaining” (as typically artists constantly have to do)… How serious I am about what I do…

To whom it may concern,

I wanted to write this to let you know how serious I am about my arts business and how I have great expectations for its continual growth internationally.It takes time for artists to establish themselves; we have to approach the” business” of being an artist slightly differently, from the usual manufacturer of goods and products because our income can come from many different creative areas, not always with the one product.

Also to be a “successful artist” doesn’t always mean a huge income though this helps.

My main objective is to expose and market my art to an international audience.
To do this, I regularly network with my peers, directors, collectors and with other artists to get known and to find spaces and galleries to show my work for sales, invitations to international events, engagements and commissions.

Australian Contemporary art is much sort after in Europe and USA however, New York has never had a major exhibition of important Australian art but, it will happen.

Since 2001, I have concentrated on exporting my art overseas. I have been part of an Australian exhibition in New York in 2004, Leipzig Germany and Spain 2005 Berlin & Paris 2007 and more in US… I have traveled to England, Europe and was awarded an arts residency in Barcelona Spain. In 2007 I went to Paris to set up a network in France and to oversee my Melb5 art exhibition opening in Berlin Germany 2007.

I spend at least 2/3 hours daily (depending on my physical self) at the computer contacting potential clients and exploring all areas of the International markets. I upload my images onto websites all over the world. I have numerous international spaces and have just released a new series of digital artworks onto the international market.

My main websites and blog, draw in various people who contact me. I receive invites to art fairs, international exhibitions in galleries and online solo & group exhibitions and collaborate with artists worldwide on projects. I also apply for and enter art awards, exhibitions, photography competitions and arts residencies.

Lately, I have collaborated with other international artists in art projects worldwide and received magazine work and published a book of my art in Australia and US.

Included are sites for selling my original art pieces, limited edition art prints, a design site for images on products such as t-shirts, cards, etc. Art, photography and crafts sites. Blog sites let the world know who I am and what I do. A video site where I can create a short video advertising my artwork or experiment with new work.

I am represented by Ausgallery with Austrade in Australia for International representation.

When overseas, I market and promote my work by approaching and meeting with gallery directors, managers. I attend openings of other artists work for networking and researching market trends. I always have a good supply of my professional gallery package I designed. The package may consist of a CD of my images, CV, digital prints, postcards, of my work and an exhibition history all in a folder.

I am in the process of developing a short video of my practice to add to it. When I travel I always leave my art packages at the airports I pass through.

When I don’t have funding and income to travel, myself, I send my work all over the world to events. Example : I’ve also had invitations to the Florence Biennale 6 times, Louvre complex in Paris twice, Sala Barna Gallery in Spain, Galleria Gora in Montreal, Mont Serrat Gallery in New York, Armory art fair NY, Singapore Art Fair, Miami, and may be a possibility for me to attend the next Cityscape in Dubai and much more.

I have just spent 3 months in Paris where I networked, visited and negotiated with gallery directors for future exhibitions, projects and events. I have put in many applications for arts residencies and studio spaces in Paris and in other parts of Europe. In Paris, I developed new work in an area, I had never ventured before. I experimented with video and digital work, an extension to my arts practice. In Berlin, I had an exhibition at the Bob Curtiz Contemporary Movement Gallery with 4 other Melbourne artists in which members of the Australian Embassy in Berlin attended. Recently, I was asked to go to the Shanghai Art Fair with Chaira Goya from Goya Galleries in Melbourne.

Through hard work and determination I feel there is a market out there for my art.

Finally after many years of knock backs I did receive that grant …….