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The Canterbury Art Exhibition will hold its 44th exhibition on the 29th April – 1st May, 2016. From its inception in 1973 it has gained a reputation for its contemporary outlook and high artistic standards. This greatly anticipated annual event is held at Canterbury Primary School, Molesworth Street, Canterbury.

This year the Exhibition will showcase over 600 individual artworks from over 130 talented Australian artists. A highlight of the exhibition will be the work of feature artist Jen Shewring.

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.

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Please join us - Art Exhibition Opening hours:

  • Opening Night- Friday 29th April, 7.30pm – 11pm. (no stilettos please)
    Entry fee- $50 per head includes gourmet food, wine, beer, catalogue and weekend entry. (Gift shop open).
    Opening Night Tickets
  • Saturday 30th April from 10am – 5pm.

  • Sunday 1st May from 10am – 4pm. (Family Day, sponsored by Camp Australia)

  • Location – Canterbury Primary School, Molesworth St, Canterbury, Victoria, 3126

Weekend Entry fee is $5 for adults and children are free. The Café and Gift Shop will be open all weekend and children’s activities will be offered at Family Day on Sunday. All art works are sold on a commission basis with the proceeds directly benefiting Canterbury Primary School.