12/17/14

Jo Bertini | Paintings of the Desert – Sydney Morning Herald

An article about Jo Bertini’s love affair with the desert is in the Sydney Morning Herald. Jo Bertini has been going on expeditions into rural areas of Australia for the last decade, recording the existence of some truly unique and isolated places with pen and pencil.

“In the desert, Bertini works oblivious to sunburn and exhaustion. Walking beside the camels, she is rarely without sketchbook and pencils. When a scene strikes her, she flops down on a sandhill to make rapid pencil marks on the page; ragged horizon, undulations, a spindly tree here, spinifex there, before shading to capture the contrast between light and dark.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Not only does the article convey Bertini’s enthusiasm to create art, it also communicates her enthusiasm for the desert itself.

“For an artist [the desert] is like the pot of gold,” Bertini says. “There is a sense of time, there is this sense of the enormity of space, you have a real understanding of Australia’s vastness as a continent, which you can’t comprehend when you are on the periphery, on the coast.” – Sydney Morning Herald.

For Bertini the desert is the place where she feels most at home, where she feels most at peace. It is only natural then that her art is centered around experiences in the Australian wilderness, her passion for both art and the landscape driving each other.

An exhibition of Jo’s latest works is currently on at Olsen Irwin until January.

You can read the entire article here

Jo Bertini ‘Terra Incognita”
10 December 2014 – January 2015
Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra

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Explorer’s Sketchbook, 2014, Ink and Graphite on Paper, 42 x 51cm

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Red River Country, 2014, oil on canvas, 138 x 168cm

12/12/14

Jo Bertini | Country Style

Ahead of her new exhibition ‘Terra Incognita” at Olsen Irwin, it is useful to look at the artist’s studio where many of the works in the show came into being. Country Style magazine featured the artist’s gorgeous home and studio in August, and in fact many of the paintings pictured in the article have made it onto the walls of the gallery space for the exhibition. Written and styled by Karen Cotton and with photographs by Simon Kenny, the article gives a great introduction to Bertini’s Southern Tablelands home and workspace.

“Wallaburra was 16 hectares on a creek with all of the original buildings from its days as a 1200-hectare sheepstation,” she says. “But the big drawcard was the shearing shed, which I could picture as my studio. Even though the house was derelict, and occupied by roos and wombats, it had so much potential I bought it immediately.” – Jo Bertini, Country Style

“Terra Incognita” will run until December the 21st, 2014.

Jo Bertini “Terra Incognita”
10 – 21 December 2014
Opening Saturday 13 December 2-4pm
Olsen Irwin Gallery 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra

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11/12/14

Jo Bertini | Auction for SEAM Fund

Jo Bertini has donated a work to be auctioned for charity for  SEAM fund, a literacy project active in remote communities in Papua New Guinea. Founded by writer Drusilla Modjeska and architect  Stephen Collier, SEAM fund aims to reverse the low standard of adult literacy in these areas through providing educational resources and support.

The work will be auctioned off on the 17th of November at the Australian Institute of Architects.

You can learn more about the great work SEAM fund does here.

SEAM fund literacy project auction
Monday 17 November, 6pm
Australian Institute of Architects
3 Manning St, Potts Point, NSW

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Jo Bertini, Untitled, oil on canvas, 2014, 60 x 60cm

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10/18/14

Jo Bertini, Tamara Dean and Sophie Cape | Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014

A big congratulations to Sophie Cape, Jo Bertini and Tamara Dean, who have all been picked as finalists in the Portia Geach Memorial Award for 2014, to be exhibited at the National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery.

The annual award exhibits contemporary portraiture by Australian women artists and is recognised as a significant celebration of the talents and creativity of Australian female painters.

The prize was founded by Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister Portia Geach with the first award being given in 1965. Portia was a strong campaigner of women’s rights and intent on painting at the highest standard, despite the lack of opportunities given to women artists in Australia during the first half of the 20th Century.

Portia Geach Memorial Award:
7 November – 14 December 2014
National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery
2 Watson Rd, Millers Point NSW 2000

 

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Jo Bertini, Trail Blazer / Bone Collector -Through Desert Eyes, 2014, oil on canvas, 91 x 91cm

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Sophie Cape, Romper Stomper (Dan Wyllie), 2014, oil, acrylic, bitumen, charcoal, ink and soil on canvas, 209 x 203cm

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Tamara Dean, Mirra, 2014, oil on canvas, 46 x 36cm

10/16/14

Jo Bertini | Wild Wild West, Exhibition

An exhibition of Jo Bertini’s works is currently on show at Cowra Regional Art Gallrey. The artworks in Wild Wild West are a result of Bertini’s long involvement with the Australian landscape, particularly desert and remote regions of Australia.

Not only is the land an important feature of this exhibition, but so too is the role that Bertini performs as a female artist within this space.

“As an artist, I know I see differently out there. My senses are uninterrupted, clear and unencumbered by distractions. I have observed also how others are affected the longer they live in these places. I am particularly interested in the traditional role of women as explorers, in frontier country and in very remote inaccessible environments. I know that as the sole female ‘Expedition Artist’ to these areas, my experiences, and observations and the material I collect and paintings I produce will have a unique and different perspective.” – Jo Bertini

Over the last ten years, Jo has adventured extensively in and around these desert landscapes for six to twelve weeks at a time annually. Her great familiarity with the Australian land is manifest in the paintings she produces. As Anne Flanagan, Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales writes in the catalogue, “Jo’s Palette is loaded with a deep knowingness of place and people.”

Wild Wild West
11 October – 16 November
Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street, Cowra, NSW, 2794

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Jo Bertini, Drylands and Bloodwood, 2014, oil on canvas, 112 x 122cm

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Jo Bertini, Down the Diamantina, 2014, oil on canvas, 112 x 122cm

 

08/15/14

Jo Bertini | Country Style

Jo Bertini‘s beautiful home and studio in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales has been featured in Country Style magazine. The article, written and styled by Karen Cotton and photographed by Simon Kenny, gives us a great insight into Bertini’s rural paradise.

“Wallaburra was 16 hectares on a creek with all of the original buildings from its days as a 1200-hectare sheepstation,” she says. “But the big drawcard was the shearing shed, which I could picture as my studio. Even though the house was derelict, and occupied by roos and wombats, it had so much potential I bought it immediately.” – Jo Bertini, Country Style

Bertini will present an exhibition of new work at Olsen Irwin in December 2014.

Jo Bertini
New works
10 December 2014 – January 2015

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

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07/18/14

Mosman Art Prize 2014 | Finalists

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists Jo Bertini, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Angus McDonald, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan for selection as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize. The official opening for the exhibition of the finalists works and the announcement of the winner will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 July 2014 at the Mosman Art Gallery.

“Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize
26 July – 7 September 2014

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman NSW 2088

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Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, oil on linen, 102 x 102 cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

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Angus McDonald, Ray of Light, Oil on canvas, 75 x 125cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

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Robert Malherbe, A Walk to the Gallery, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm, 2013 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

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Caroline Rannersberger, Towards Cloudy Corner, Oil on Belgian linen, 3 x [97 x 39.5cm], 2013 – finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

06/27/14

Jo Bertini | Anh Do | Paul Ryan | Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Jo BertiniPaul Ryan and Anh Do and have all been named as finalists in the 2014 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize. The finalists’ work is currently being exhibited at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville until 13 July 2014.

Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize
Finalists’ exhibition
09 May – 13 Jul 2014

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Corner of Denham Street and Flinders Mall
Townsville QLD 4810

Jo Bertini, Explorers(Peter-&-Jhumpa), Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

Jo Bertini, Explorers – Peter & Jhumpa (The best legs in the desert), 2013, Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

Anh Do, Ronnie, 2014

Anh Do, Ronnie, 2014, Oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200

05/29/14

Jo Bertini | Guy Maestri | Finalists | NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize

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Jo Bertini, ‘The Road Out West’, Oil on canvas, 91 x 91cm

Jo Bertini and Guy Maestri have been selected as finalists in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. The finalists’ works will be exhibited in the Fountain Court at the Parliament of NSW from 10 June to 1 August 2014. The announcement of the 2014 winner and highly commended works will be on 18 June. $20,000 will be awarded to the winner for the acquisition of the work for the collection of the New South Wales Parliament. The 2013 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize was won by Guy Maestri.

NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize
Finalists’ Exhibition
10 June – 1 August 2014

Parliament of NSW
Fountain Court
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

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Guy Maestri, No Man’s Land, 2014, Oil on linen, 77 x 87cm

 

04/16/14

Jo Bertini | Finalist | Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award

Jo Bertini has been named as a finalist in the Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award to be exhibited at Cowra Regional Gallery from 4 May to 15 June 2014. Bertini won the 2013 Central West Regional Art Award for her work Wongitta Wadi Gold – pictured below.

Judge of the 2013 award, deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Anne Flanagan, commended Bertini’s work, saying, “Jo’s large, square painting has a magic to it. The bright blue sky is like a ribbon that holds the animated brush stokes in place. The brush strokes move quickly across the canvas and are filled with all the warmth of the desert landscape – pink, ochre, yellow, red and a tantalizing orange that fills the foreground. The painting is carried out with confident speed and yet, as in the tradition of the oil sketch, has a keen descriptive quality.” – Anne Flanagan, Deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Cowra Regional Gallery will also host a solo exhibition of Bertini’s work in October 2014.

Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award
4 May to 15 June 2014

Cowra Regional Gallery
77 Darling Street
Cowra NSW 2794

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Jo Bertini, Wongitta Wadi Gold, 2011, Oil on canvas, 122 x 122cm