Posts Tagged ‘abstract art’

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

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Capturing Traces Left Behind 1994 – 2023

Friday, June 30th, 2023

Capturing the imperfections and traces left behind in the environment in 1994. 29 years later and still exploring the moments of change, rust and decay, as well as, the renewal and growth, in the transformation of the environment.

I want to engage viewers in a conversation about the relationship between our environment, our history, and the importance of embracing the beauty and raw power of the natural environment.

I work primarily with abstract painting and often focus on layering paint and mixed media materials, creating incomplete impressions – random, yet imperfect. My process involves building up and breaking down surfaces, playing with decay and renew. In my textile and found object pieces I bring in texture and rust to give depth.

At the core of my work remains the act of intuitive and experimental marks, smudges and scratches that reference my relationship with the environment and moments in History. I hope my works will ignite the imagination and evoke an honest and curious connection to the environment. Jenny Davis 2023


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Landwrap – Public Art Project

Sunday, June 4th, 2023

Land Wrap by Jenny Davis

Coming soon…Rydges CBD Hotel Melbourne. July 2023

Early last year in 2022, I was commissioned by Janet Graham Interiors Sydney, to create a series of large scale artworks for the lobby and penthouse of the Rydges CBD Hotel in Melbourne.

My artworks are now finished and shortly, I will send out information where you can view my artworks and other artists on permanent display in the hotel. The hotel reopens in late July 2023.

There will be artwork in the public areas, guestrooms and corridors that celebrates the best of local artists. Interior designer Janet Graham spent many months researching and engaging with the local Victorian art community to compile a list of artists’ works on mixed mediums to enhance the guest’s local experience.

You can also view my whole creative process here

About Landwrap Series & Arts Practice

My practice fuses together the aspects of both the traditional and the contemporary ideas to explore themes of history, environment, and women’s history through abstract painting, mark making, intuitive hand stitching, and found objects to create a unique visual vocabulary

Through my use of mixed media, I use spontaneous mark making techniques, created intuitively and randomly, exploring the imperfections and incompleteness of space and unseen marks to convey my ideas. In my latest works I celebrate the beauty of the rust, random stitching, and the ever-evolving act of recycling, re-discovering and re-purposing in our current cultural context.

Each Landwrap piece is full of history with antique textiles, rust, sepia inks and found objects… rusty fence droppers from outback Australia, 200yr old textiles, metal detector finds from goldfields, in Victoria, 1800’s suspender buckles and 17th century smoking pipe fragments dug up from the Thames in London & more.

Landwrap Statement

The artworks link to the primal aerial view over Australia. Land Wrap is my relationship with the earth. A subconscious rendering of the desolate wilderness, granite landscapes, deserts, forests, waterholes and walking tracks of Australia. Being a primal source of the earth , once one is cloaked in “Land Wrap” it gives protection and wisdom for our future survival.

About Antique Textiles

The antique textiles I work with in the “Land Wrap” series are centuries old and sometimes, they seem to yell at me, but mostly, they lay silent. I think of the conversations had as I make my own marks alongside, others gone before. Ragged bits, old and new stitching, tracing marks left behind on old textiles are a reminder, of a time when women, had many obligations and few choices. I feel comfortable, as I stitch, tear, dye and reinforce the fragmented pieces. Somehow, I hope, in a small way, by reclaiming and reworking the textiles, I can give a voice to those women. Jenny Davis 2023

Sizes

2 – 2800 x 100cm

1 – 210 x 100cm

Desolate wilderness, granite landscapes, deserts, forests, waterholes walking tracks, Australia @outlook8studio

Collaging Along. Hotel Project. London & Outback Finds.

Friday, December 16th, 2022

I create with the debris left behind in the streets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I travel or just go walking, I discovered the physical “act” of gleaning (collecting) a creative process in itself, therefore, just as, important as the resulting idea or piece I may be working on.

When I used to go overseas, I usually had to buy another case, or send home boxes of stuff through the post back to Australia. Things I find in the streets, are free, or for little cost at markets, op shops etc. I sometimes, call myself the nomad artist as I like the challenge of creating with whatever stuff is around and rarely, take art materials with me. 

Last time, when I was in London I found a few little bits along the Thames river. In the large mixed media textile pieces I am creating for the hotel, I have included some finds, I have collected over time.

A small collection of clay pipe stems from 17th century, rusty wire fence droppers from outback Australia,  decorative metal bits from Paris markets and some 1800s metal detector finds from the goldfields in Maryborough Victoria. The textiles I’m working with are from 1800’s and they are from the USA.

I find as much interest looking on the ground for stuff as a tourist sees in the classic art and architecture.

 

 

The Hotel Project

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

Latest News!

At the beginning of 2022, I was approached by an interior design studio from Sydney, who asked if I would be interested in creating some artworks for a hotel refurbishment in Melbourne. It sounded like a good project and I was up for the challenge. Now, after many months of negotiations and studio visits I can finally begin creating the artworks. Over the next few months, I will create several large scale mixed media & textile artworks for the lobby and penthouse of the hotel. There will be lots of rust, mark making and stitch.

New Oil Paintings in Progress

Monday, October 24th, 2022

October 24th, 2022

Sunday in the studio.

I mainly paint several artworks together.

Working this way allows me to be spontaneous and more free with the paint and marks.

I add many layers and glazes, drawing into the canvas with oil pigment sticks and sometimes add collage elements to give interest and depth.

All depends on what it is I’m trying to get out and express.

The first 2 rows of photos show each painting as it progresses through the different stages.

The last 2 rows show another series of thicker oil paintings using thicker paint and using oil sticks to draw with..

None of the artworks have been resolved yet 

I still seem to come back to the rich gold, red and orange colours of the Australian landscape, I experienced, when trekking in outback, Northern Territory, in the late 1970s.

Still the colours haunt me unconsciously and seep into my work, to influence me. 

New Paintings. Purple & Rose.

Monday, June 8th, 2020
Rose Yellow Light & Purple by Jenny Davis

My latest series of smaller works painted during isolation. I’m loving the colour combinations and I can see a bit of rebellion and freedom shining through. Maybe, connections to how I’m feeling, with the world situation, we are all in at the moment.

Making time for creative and studio time has been hard for me lately, with extra, unforeseen, life responsibilities. I work daily on my arts business, early hours, in the morning, before breakfast. Before anyone is awake. I then grab little pockets of time, in between, for time at the studio. At the moment, I am working on some smaller paintings, that can be created in a shorter amount of time, but, itching to start on some larger oils.

This year, I also planned on launching, a new series of online art courses, but for now, I’m unable to find the head space, time, or silence needed, to work on it. They are coming though… I’m looking forward to it all opening up again soon and making a fresh, new start. Hope you are all staying healthy and safe!

About the artworks

Spontaneous gestural marks with a play of colour and forgotten marks, left behind in the environment and in the mind.

Artwork Description

Acrylic paint, oil sticks, sealed, on deep sided gallery stretched cotton canvas. Each artwork measures, 25x30x4cm. Ready to hang with D-rings and hanging wire.  (Framing Available) when purchased through Bluethumb

Signed with a certificate of authenticity.

If interested, in any of my paintings, or require, more info,  please go to my online gallery.  Bluethumb

Rose Yellow Light & Purple by Jenny Davis

Purple Yellow Light – by Jenny Davis

Purple Yellow Light – by Jenny Davis

Purple on Rose Yellow Light – by Jenny Davis

Purple on Rose Yellow Light – by Jenny Davis

Purple Rain on Red – by Jenny Davis

Purple Rain on Red – by Jenny Davis

If interested, in any of my paintings, or require, more info,  please go to my online gallery.  Bluethumb

Little Cloth Book. In Isolation.

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

I created 4 more pages today in my little cloth book. Adding to this little book bit by bit each day, while in isolation. 

Inside my little textile book . Creating during lockdown

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Inside the little textile book I have been making from my previous post. 

I hope you are well and safe at home if you are in a lockdown situation still. I’ve been finding it difficult to create with all that is going on, but I have managed to add to this little book bit by bit each day so far. 

 

Hope everyone stays safe and finds some inspiration and snippets of time to create in these strange times💜🌻❤️

In the Studio

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

In the studio. The beginnings of my first painting and series for 2020.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 5 … Made a few more changes to the painting today. Still a way to go.

A week later

Finished painting. Minimal flat, top surfaces, with many transparent underlays of colour, marks, drips and splashes. I don’t want the edges of the painting to be contained so, I’m not sure if I would frame this. Untitled for now. 90 x 90 x 2 cm. Acrylic paint on stretched canvas.

New Colour. New Paintings.

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

I’ve spent the past week working on a new series of paintings. A parcel arrived in the post with big tubes of colour, I hadn’t used before. What could be more motivating to get me back in the studio, than, new art supplies, especially after weeks of medical and physio appointments getting in the way.

I didn’t want to open them and make dents in the big chunky tubes. When I finally did, it was quite confronting, to play with colour I knew nothing about. I took the plunge, slapped it on, moved it about, without thinking too much. Enjoying the colour, texture and flow of the paint. The process, I knew would take care of itself. I just had to be present, stand back, look and go back into it.

Quickly, I came up with the first layer which I was very happy with. Of course, I went back in with more layer’s wanting further depth and richness.

I now, look back at the photos, taken at the start of the process and maybe, I lost the freshness, freedom and flow of the marks I had at the start. Maybe, I didn’t need to go any further…

I believe sometimes, the essence of the story is at the beginning and “nothing else” is needed to tell it.

Back to the studio to play more, or leave alone.

New Work. Abstract Paintings

Friday, May 17th, 2019

I use my work as a way to process whatever I’m seeing or thinking at the time. This can be purely self indulgent and personal, as well as sometimes, tapping into a broader or shared concern.

I like to let people bring their own thoughts to a piece. My work is the entry point, then people might be inclined to look harder and tease out other thoughts and connections to the work. 

The life of an Abstract Painting.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

It’s amazing how many stages an abstract painting goes through. Ive had the beginnings of this painting sitting in the studio a few months now. Its only recently, I started to photograph the process of painting. Eventually I want to do time lapse video’s while working, but not sure yet, how I will set up my camera.

I wanted to dirty it up a bit

Added some black lines and spaces

The red slowly crept in

More drawing with oil pigments below and the circle was bothering me so I took a risk and blocked it out with red. And that’s what its all about. Taking risks, going along with whatever comes along and using your gut feeling.

I’m pretty happy with the results but will sit with it for a while, before I touch it or, leave it alone. It’s only afterwards, I’ll see connections and links to the context or meaning. Sometimes though this happens when doing, but mainly it’s a play with colour, line and space and knowing when it’s resolved.

Thoughts in the studio today. Stacks, towers and painting.

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

A bit of colour in the studio today. How many colours and layers can I stack up on top of one another?

 

 

 

They remind me of Claude Courtecuisse’s   “Hacking Objects” sculptures I saw in Paris at the Georges Pompidou Museum in 2007.

He erected towers and stacks of common objects.

 

Image photographed from original 2007 catalogue. Copyright Georges Centre Pompidou Original photos Copyright Claude Courtecuisse. 2007

 

 

Balance, colour, repetition, scale and transparency is what I took away from that exhibition.

 

  Copyright Jenny Davis

 

As a child, I too, would build little towers of objects in my bedroom.

Still today I play and stack with my vast collection of vintage objects.

The towers have been getting higher and higher over time and eventually, I aim to make huge, tall one’s, up to the roof or even higher.

 

 

Now back to the painting…I’m not sure if I’ve resolved it yet, as something about it is still annoying me. Maybe that’s a good thing?… as sometimes things that are a bit odd are more successful.

I think I will sit with it a bit longer.

 

Mixed Media Collage. 3 New Works on Paper.

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

3 New mixed- media collages on 300gsm watercolour paper (Unframed).

I  like to create new visions, by recycling and dissecting vintage papers that I may, or not hand paint with acrylic paints and inks.

Process – On a background of strong 350gsm artist water- colour paper, I add layers of acrylic paints, fragments of vintage papers and random marks, using French ink pens.

Earth Renewable

Recycled Polyhedron

Recycled Symmetry

 

 

Line Walking. Working with Line.

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Line is a point moving in space. Playing with line fascinates to me. By letting go and just allowing the movement to take over, allows me to go in-between, out and off edges.

 

 

The materials I use vary. I may use paint, pencil or crayon on vintage book papers, thread on antique cloth, scratch with implements, or, use wire to make tangles. Lines often define the edges of a form, but not very often in my arts practice.

 

 

Lines can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, straight or curved, thick or thin.

 

 

Paint lines

 

 

Drip lines

 

 

Thread lines

 

 

Free flowing lines

 

 

Frottage lines

 

 

String lines

 

 

Art backgrounds or not? Do you like to see artwork in a room?

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

 

I’m not sure how I feel about showing artworks with mock -up backgrounds. So, recently I purchased a few mock – ups, and have been playing around with them. I’d like to display my artworks a little bit differently, being, there are, so many other artists online.  I’m just wondering, if putting artworks with interesting backgrounds, makes any difference, for viewers, collectors etc. and, in getting it found in the search engines easier. I think they look cleaner, but at the same time, I don’t want to categorize my artwork as being, just “interior design” pieces. I’d love to hear what others think…

 

 

If you feel inclined, your welcome to add a comment at the bottom of this post.

 

 

 

Do you like to see artworks viewed in a room, or framed ? or do you prefer see artworks on their own, with no backgrounds?

You can also view some of my artworks in rooms in my gallery area

 

 

Thank you in advance!

 

 

Rustmatter abstract paintings now available.

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

New paintings available in my gallery. “Rustmatter” series. I want to capture the “beauty & hope” in decline, before its gone and continues my investigation into the disintegration and decay of the environment, of life and the human psyche.

 

Experiments with layers of rust, paint, iron shavings and salt. Finally, surfaces emerged, worn , weathered and sometimes ancient. I then sealed the paintings to keep stable and lock in the layers.

 

 

 

 

Each painting is a visual and textural descent into the abandoned, the derelict, the vacant and the forgotten. Curator & Arts Writer, Dr. Ewen Jarvis.

 

 

Rustmatter 17

 

Rustmatter 12

 

Rustmatter 16

Rustmatter 14

 

Rustmatter 15

 

 

NOTE – All inclusive : Express Post, Tracking, Signature, Insurance & Packaging.

 

Time Worn Surfaces. Fine Art Prints. Jenny Davis

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Currently available in my Gallery ,” Limited Edition” art prints

To purchase my Wallmatter series, please go to the Gallery  page.

Each collection of 10 prints is $35.00 AU. and includes (Free Worldwide Postage)

You will receive
1 collection of 10 Wallmatter art prints/cards shown
Blank on back + 10 white paper envelopes
One of each design
6″ x 4″ – 15 x 10cm. ea.
Designed from my original abstract paintings
Printed professionally
100% Recycled paper stock
Sustainably sourced
Matt finish

 

 

 

 

 

A beautiful way to send a personal message to your friends and family or, frame for a unique art display in your home or workplace.

 

About Wallmatter series.”A visual and textural descent into the abandoned, the derelict, the vacant and the, forgotten surface.”Through her utilisation of forlorn industrial structures, stained and crumbling walls, acts of graffiti, redundant signage, and portals giving access to meandering subterranean systems,of timeworn surfaces. Jenny Davis evokes a unique vision at once spare and lavish, material and ghostly. It is a vision that elevates the significance of random marks, stress fractures and other imperfections, while enfolding the viewer in an atmosphere of chromatically gentle and strangely opulent decay.”

 

 

To purchase please go to my Gallery page and scroll down to “Small Art Prints”.

(Free Worldwide Postage)

 

 

TurkRedghost Series. Textile Art. Antique & Vintage Textiles.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

I grew up in a “make do and mend” family, where nothing much was thrown away and would be mended or, re-purposed into something else, therefore, many of my textile pieces are hand- made, created from antique & vintage sourced materials and may include, discarded, abandoned, found objects. I have been working with textiles all my life. My mother was a dressmaker and as a child, I would collect the fabric scraps and make wall hangings and soft sculpture.

“TurkRedghost” series

Sometimes the antique textiles I work with, seem to yell at me, but mostly, they lay silent, as I make my own marks alongside, others gone before. Ragged bits, old and new stitching, tracing marks left behind on old textiles are a reminder, of a time when women, had many obligations and few choices. I feel comfortable, as I stitch, tear, dye and reinforce the fragmented pieces. Somehow, I hope, in a small way, by reclaiming and reworking the textiles, I can give a voice to those women.

TurkRedghost 1

TurkRedghost 4

TurkRedghost 3

TurkRedghost 2