Jane Gerrish: Observe, her latest and third solo show, Sydney artist Jane Gerrish will take you to the glamorous Cτte d'Azur of the 1920s and beyond, revealing captivating detail of master Henri Matisse in his studios. Working as painter, set designer, makeup artist and costume designer, Matisse's adoration of women is explored through a series of painstakingly researched, fine drawings with bursts of exuberant colour, reflecting the 'joie de vie' of the period.
This exhibition will be held at the Suki & Hugh Gallery, 38A Gibraltar St, Bungendore from Sat 13 Feb to Sun 21 Mar 2021. An opening with the artist present will be held from 10-4pm on Saturday 13 February 2021. All are welcome. See Event Page for more details.
Entitled Observe, this unique exhibition makes full use of Jane's fashion design background, giving us highly sensitive renderings of drapery and precise detailing of patterns and textures. In the image above, she channels the calm of Henri Matisse, drawing a swan in the Bois de Boulogne c.1930. Accompanying this exhibition, Jane Gerrish gives us a written guide with detail and timelines that serves to contextualise the period and place us as select spectators in these intimate studio settings.
In her works we see and learn about Matisse's use of sumptuous tasselled cushions, huge gilded mirrors, tarnished pewter pitchers, carved Moorish screens, inlaid Turkish daybeds, pottery from Fez, porcelain from China, Persian carpets and his familiar, richly patterned textiles. Unlike many of his peers, Matisse thought of his women as creative partners, treating them with great respect and admiration. Often plucked from their lives as actresses and dancers in vibrant Nice, Matisse would pose his concubines in amazing costumes, placing them in wildly theatrical harem stage sets.
Since 2016, Jane's work has been exhibited at many galleries in Sydney including Gallery East Clovelly and Saint Cloche Paddington. She has had solo shows at Gallery East in 2016 and Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore in 2018.