Jo Bertini’s paintings traverse well-worn landscapes in an exploration of the true nature of wilderness. Drawing from the traditions of artists on scientific and ecological survey expeditions into the most remote and inaccessible regions, Bertini celebrates her long and intimate engagement with the desert. Her work bears witness to natural and human histories of nomadism observing the seasonal rhythm of landscapes and the people connected to them. With loose yet refined brushwork, she finds a balance between simple and complex, rescuing beauty from desolate landscapes.
Award winning painter, educator, writer and desert explorer Jo Bertini, has thirty years of experience as a professional exhibiting artist and has undertaken many public art commissions and unique international artist residencies. Her works are held in a number of prominent public collections in Australia and internationally, including Artbank, National Museum of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery and she has had work curated in hundreds of solo, group and touring exhibitions throughout Australia, China, Malaysia, the USA and India. Over the course of her highly successful career, Bertini has also been a finalist in numerous art prizes, including the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004), Wynne Prize (2015), Tattersalls Art Prize (2015, 2014), Calleen Art Award (2014, 2013), Mosman Art Prize (2014, 2013, 2011, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2001) and Sulman Prize (2011, 2010).
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