Saturday, December 10, 2011

King Street Gallery on William - Jenny Sages

It’s pretty amazing to be hung in the Archibald 14 times and it’s awe inspiring to be still painting and creating an amazing body of work at 78, I hope I will be still painting when I turn 78.

This show is really quite beautiful, ethereal and contemplative, take your time to study each work as they can be quite intense. The colours are soft and subtle with hints of greens, blues and butter yellows just to wet your appetite.

For a novice these paintings look like insect scrawls, but they are way far more.

I have three favourites, ‘Vertical Depth’, encaustic on board, I see this as a landscape, looking down from a plane with it’s clusters of shrubbery and ground. ‘What ifs 3’, encaustic & pigment on board. Is this a cross section of a fallen tree? ‘I’m not as stupid as you think I am’, encaustic & pigment on board. This one is great, it’s poking fun at the viewer and the artist, it’s giving us something to really think about.

You can’t stop, even after the death of a loved one, you have to keep going, smiling in the face of it and continuing to create new work.

Fleur MacDonald

15th November - 10th December 2011

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