Jessica Watts in the studio - image copyright the artist

Jessica Watts/ Jessica Watts

Australia 1969

Sculpture, Painting

www.jessicawatts.com.au

Jessica Watts
Jessica Watts
Female
Australia
1969
January 22, 2016
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Jessica Watts is an Australian artist known for her oil and collage paintings, depicting typical Australian themes with various textured narratives. She was born in 1969, in Brisbane, Australia and grew up in Sydney. Her Bachelor of Design, Watts earned with First Class Honors and the University Medal, at the University of Technology Sydney in 1991. Once she graduated, Jessica moved to New York and started her first career: being an advertising art director and highly awarded in that industry, speaking of that. At one point, Jessica even began accepting commissions to create artworks for private clients.

Jessica Watts - The Day of the Galloping Snail, 2014 and A Persuasion of Peonies 2015
Jessica Watts – The Day of the Galloping Snail, 2014 and A Persuasion of Peonies 2015

Jessica Watts as a Full-time Artist

While Jessica worked in advertising, she used to collect all sorts of material for her future artworks. When she finally chose a full-time artist career and moved to Sydney to do so, her studio was already packed with old storybooks or bingo cards, the fortunes from every cookie she ever had, antique games and many, many other vintage stuff. Even though this artist paints mostly in oil, she considers her art roots are in a collage. She cherishes the opportunity to create something completely new, out of things that once belonged to someone else: re-using and re-purposing some old object is what really inspires her. For example, her series entitled Wallflower were born as an homage to artist’s trove of vintage wallpapers. Done in oil, enamel and acrylic on paper, these works are sending a certain voyeuristic vibe, seeing cropped female figures without faces, hiding something the viewer needs to found out.

Wallflower series are made in oil, enamel and acrylic on paper

Jessica Watts - Insomniac and Birranga, 2014
Jessica Watts – Insomniac and Birranga, 2014

Taronga Zoo Sculpture Project

Expanding her practice with sculpture works, Watts was shortlisted for the Taronga Zoo Sculpture Project and her work was selected for Art in Odd Places, an annual international public art festival. The artist was also commissioned by Pittwater Council to install a series of paintings in the foyer of Mona Vale Library, Sydney. Her work can be found in numerous private collections in Munich, New York, Auckland, London, Montreal, Sao Paolo, Sydney, Melbourne and, many others.

This artist is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.

Jessica Watts lives and works in Sydney.

Featured Image: Jessica Watts in the studio
All images copyright the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Debutante19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDSolo
2015The2015 Nature Of ItArtspot , AvalonSolo
2015Saltwater Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney NSWGroup
2015RED Expressionism Group Show19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2015Affordable Art Fair LondonRetrospect Planet, LondonGroup
2014Affordable Art Fair SingaporeRetrospect Planet, SingaporeGroup
2014Retrospect GalleriesByron Bay, NSWGroup
2014Small WorksBrunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne VICGroup
2014A Tribute to Michael Jackson’s 10 Best Film Clips19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2014A Tiding of MagpiesMilk Factory Gallery, Bowral NSWGroup
2013Keeping Company with the CollectionManly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney NSWGroup
2013Art in Odd Places 2013: Number outdoor public art festivalSydney NSWGroup
2013Balmain Art ShowSydney NSWGroup
2013Vision 7Queenwood Sydney NSWGroup
2013Spring ThingManly Art Festival, Sydney NSWSolo
2012Small Observations and Unexpected GlimpsesArtspot, Avalon Sydney NSWSolo
2012The Boys and The BirdsSydney Art Expo, Hordern Pavillion Sydney NSWSolo
2012Summer Exhibition 2012Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral NSWGroup
2012Small WorksBrunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne VICGroup
2012Figure, Form and SensualityBrunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne VICGroup
2012POPPainter’s Gallery, Mona Vale Sydney NSWGroup
2011The Salon ShowPainter’s Gallery, Mona Vale Sydney NSWGroup
2011North Sydney Art Prize ShowNorth Sydney NSWGroup
2011Long Days, Balmy NightsArtZpace, Avalon Sydney NSWSolo
2010Tea PartyThe Art Tree, Manly Sydney NSWGroup
2010Scarborough Art ShowScarborough NSWGroup