Sydney, 22 Jun 2021 — 7 Nov 2021

15 Roylston Street [PO Box 282], Paddington 2021

Autumn & Spring
- Jennifer Keeler-Milne

‘For over a decade my principal subject has been nature, with an underlying concern to reflect its beauty and mystery in a manner that is evocative and atmospheric. During Autumn 2020, in the midst of Covid when we were confined to our immediate neighbourhood, life slowed down. It was a quiet and transitional space in our lives and I often chose to walk from home to my studio. It was on these walks, looking down that I noticed an assortment of disintegrating leaves close to the footpaths. These small fragments held fascination and beauty with their variety of colours, shapes, textures and patterns. Each one quite different. At times, I thought their forms echoed our experiences as we too were weathering the early stage of the pandemic. These leaves became my subject as I returned to painting in oils, utilising a rich Autumnal palette.

After enduring Winter, the arrival of Spring felt uplifting and glorious. This literally drew out from me a jubilant response, commencing with ‘Wattle’ 2020, a large-scale charcoal drawing on yellow prepared paper, that was selected for The Dobell Prize for Drawing #22 exhibition in March 2021. Since then, I have continued to experience an overwhelming desire to paint images of wattle or acacia, our national floral emblem and native plant.’ – Jennifer Keeler-Milne.

Watch Jennifer Keeler-Milne’s interview with Maria Stoljar on Talking with Painters below.
Exhibition continues below video.

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