Jen Shewring

2006

Bonfire
 
OIL 92x76cm
Tempest
 
OIL 101x101cm
Meandering
 
OIL 76x101cm
Barren Lands
 
OIL 76x91cm
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About Jen Shewring

Jen is a painter living and working in Melbourne with over 25 years experience painting contemporary art. "My work is primarily the result of a deep need to paint, to become lost in the singular thought of the buttery texture of oil paint. Hours pass in a trance and blur of colours and end on a high". Jen is not afraid to use colour and brightness to stimulate and engage the viewer to look closely and have fun with the art. She defines her art as spontaneous but intentional, painting with uninhibited quick broad strokes of her brush. Each work is a series of layers until the final image has built up to bring dimension to the surface. Jen's imagery is intended to be fresh, alive and to allow the viewer to continually discover new aspects in her work. Creating paintings is part of Jen’s everyday life as a full time Artist. “Colour to me is everything. What excites me is creating works that capture a luminous mix of rich intense colours and texture.” Jen’s paintings are full of light and seductive brushwork to enliven the senses of the viewer. Her work currently focuses on the freedom of birds, the beauty of flowers, relations between people around her and the moods of the landscape. Her paintings are often not a literal representation; images evolve from her dreams, memory, nature and imagination. “For me, it is important that my art should bring pleasure to the viewer. I have a pure love of paint and strive to create works that capture vivid beauty using the language of colour. This is an idea that I will pursue for a lifetime".  The Impressionist painters, whom Jen unhesitatingly acknowledges as a lasting influence on her work as she strives to use light and colour to capture the feeling of a moment. As the great Impressionist artist Cezanne said "A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art". Jen feels blessed that she is able to create and express herself, "it is a gift of escapism that I will never take for granted". After completing an Honours Degree at Monash University in 1987, Jen spent some time travelling Europe, Indonesia and Australia. She is largely self taught and continues to study and paint alongside other well known local Artists and friends sharing techniques and ideas. She predominantly paints using oils in an impressionist, semi abstract style. Jen has been continuously exhibiting as a professional Artist since 2002. Jen has paintings in the corporate market and in private collections in Australia and overseas. She enjoys a steady stream of sales and private commissions. Jen lives in Camberwell with her husband and three children. She is interested in art history, travel and the pursuit of colour. Her work is currently for sale at SOMA Health and Wellness Centre, 144 Barkers Rd, Hawthorn. Jen’s works may be viewed by appointment at her Camberwell studio, Ph. 0409 844 227. For more on Jen Shewring, see her website at www.jenshewring.com Achievements and Awards: 2014 Third Prize in show at Canterbury Art Exhibition 2012 Major Commission of 3 panel outdoor painting for St. Dominic’s Primary School 2011 Artwork published in the Roberts McCubbin gift card series 2010 Recognition of Support - MIND 2009 Guest Artist at Roberts McCubbin Art Exhibition (also purchased a painting for their collection) 2008/2010 Artwork published in the Canterbury Art Exhibition Calendars Recent Exhibitions Include: 2015 Canterbury Art Exhibition 2015 St Kevins Art Show 2014 Splash Art Kew 2014 CamArt 2014 Roberts McCubbin Art Exhibition 2014 Canterbury Art Exhibition 2014 St Kevin’s Art Exhibition

For more on Jen Shewring see
www.jenshewring.com

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