NOW REPRESENTING JO BERTINI
Arthouse Gallery is delighted to announce that we are now representing renowned Australian artist Jo Bertini.
Multi-award winning painter and desert explorer Jo Bertini, has thirty years of experience as a professional exhibiting artist, with her works held in a number of prominent public collections in Australia and internationally, including Artbank, National Museum of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. She is a painter, art educator, lecturer and writer. Her paintings have been curated in hundreds of solo, group and touring exhibitions, including exhibitions in Australia, China, Malaysia, USA and India. Over the course of her highly successful career, Bertini has been the recipient of numerous art prizes, public art commissions, and unique international artist residencies.
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 Bertini finds a balance between simple and complex, rescuing beauty from desolate landscapes.
Arthouse Gallery is delighted to be showcasing Land of Shining Stone, paintings from the deserts of New Mexico, in our inaugural exhibition in August 2019. This collection of work has been painted in and around Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico where Bertini has been living and painting for the last four years since accepting the inaugural Artist Annex Residence in Santa Fe.
Cottonwoods in fall, oil on canvas, 163 x 131 cm
HEADER: The desert garden in the land of enchantment, oil on canvas, 153 x 153 cm
Bertini’s explorations and travels have lead her from the central deserts of Australia, where she worked for ten years as the Expedition Artist with ‘Australian Desert Expeditions’ (a group of esteemed experts from a range of universities, museums, herbariums and scientific institutions, across various academic and scientific disciplines, on ecological, archeological and indigenous research) to Mongolia's Gobi Desert and the Thar Desert in North Western India.
Following her fieldwork in the Australian desert, Bertini was sponsored by the Australian High Commission in India as an artist, to live among the Maldhari camel herders of the Kachchh, Rann and Rajasthan regions of North Western India. Working closely with these creatively rich indigenous communities, Bertini's work beautifully documents this declining migratory culture. She was invited to show these works in a solo exhibition at the Indira Ghandi Centre for the Arts in New Delhi.
"My artworks don't seek to be didactic or purely descriptive but rather present themselves as an unfolding of a dream. The desert places I have been fortunate to know intimately and deeply are sacred sites, sites of transformation, liminal spaces where we move from myth into culture and back into myth again. They are mysterious, unknown lands which have always housed creative human imaginings. My paintings are a type of love song to these desert places, resonating with the complex mystical quality of these places." Jo Bertini
Wildwood, oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
Jo Bertini completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) at Sydney University before travelling extensively through Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, USA and the Middle East. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Literature) with Deakin University and has written for various publications including a weekly art column for the Sydney Morning Herald. 'Fieldwork', a beautifully produced collection of over 100 of Bertini's sketches, gouaches and oils from the Australian desert was published in 2014. She has been a finalist in numerous prestigious prizes including the Wynne Prize (2015), the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001) and the Sulman Prize (2011, 2010) and the recipient of the Central West Regional Award (2013), the Adelaide Perry Drawing Award (Highly Commended 2013) and the Portia Geach Memorial Award (People’s Choice & Highly Commended 2008). Bertini’s work is held in numerous national and international collections including Artbank, National Museum of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Sydney Opera House, and Charles Darwin University.