1 OCTOBER – 18 OCTOBER 2022
Special Public Opening: 9am – 5pm 1st October for Sydney Streets Festival
Artist Jude Hotchkiss showcases her abstract painting series in celebration of women and the female body. The bold application of paint combined with the loud fluorescent colours, Hotchkiss presents the audience with a host of strong figures that leave an impact.
Life drawing classes over the last couple of years have inspired a celebration of women in these figure studies. It didn’t start out as anything more than drawing practice, but this painting series developed a lustrous and luminous quality. The figures and colours came alive, and started to move in a light-hearted way. This was a gradual development over many months.
With the compositions using just one figure was good, but by adding another a relationship began to appear. Often the women seemed to make something more solid and enduring when drawn side by side. The wonderful poses, the strong curved bodies so generously presented, the beautiful lighting had an amazing effect. I wanted to commemorate and make more of women in general, using the largesse, endurance and patience that was shown in these sessions.
Spray painting over earlier abstract work gave a graffiti style effect to the work. There is a contemporary edginess in using aerosols. With fluorescent paint the figures became more vivid, looser and more free. The distortion added an element of defiance and bravado, while the strong weathered and cracked textures of resurfacing gave a sense of immediacy and living in the moment, of taking risks and moving on from what has been. All this added to and complemented the honouring and recognition of women.
My palette became even more bold as I continued this series. Using the full range of rainbow colours gave a feeling of bounce and movement, something rhythmic like music and dance that skipped and jumped across the canvas. Women showcasing other women, it happened naturally.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My journey in art practice started at the College of Fine Art in Paddington Sydney, completing a Visual Arts Degree majoring in Conceptual Art and then a Masters in Painting. Coming from an isolated regional area this was my first experience of the art world and the many techniques that an artist could use. It was overwhelming, but inspired a passion that has continued and developed.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Based on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, Prue is surrounded by gorgeous gardens that continuously inspire her. She needs only to take a quick walk up and down the surrounding streets of her home to retrieve the references for her paintings.