I’m very excited to be able to announce that my work has been accepted for the huge licensing show Surtex, in New York this May! ArtSHINE will be taking my work and a small group of other very talented Australian artists to this massive licensing expo. We’ll be the only Aussie’s there flying the flag for the land down under and we’re all hoping to make a big impact in the USA.
Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that my art work impresses companies working in the sectors I’m interested in. It would be amazing to see my art printed on EVERYTHING!!! There are no guarantees of course, but it feels like a massive achievement just to be selected for this opportunity and have started this new journey.
I’ve ordered some sample designs for my Surtex display.
and been playing around with so much more. Here’s a sneak peek.
It’s been a lot of hard work creating the paintings for my latest exhibition, “Abundance” This is the third year in a row that I’ve done a major exhibition and I can’t count the number of group shows and art prizes I’ve entered over the same period.
The opening was a fantastic success! Lots of friends and family and a growing number of new faces supporting my artistic journey. It was also wonderful that some pieces were snapped up on the opening night! Love and thanks to everyone.
Abundance is on until the 7th of December at Gallery 503, 503 Balmain Rd Lilyfield.
“Abundance” at Gallery 503, 503 Balmain Rd Lilyfield, is my first solo painting exhibition in a commercial gallery, so I’m pretty excited! The show runs from Thursday the 23rd of November till December 7th, with the official opening on Saturday the 25th of November from 4.00pm – 6.00pm.
For those of you who don’t know me, I attended Sydney College of the Arts and since graduating I’ve worked across a variety of creative disciplines including: Painting, Ceramic sculpture, Jewellery design and manufacture and large scale public mosaic murals. In addition to my own creative practice I have worked for more than 25 years in the not-for-profit sector. In my various roles, such as Team Leader of Child, Youth and Family Services and as a group facilitator for a many different organisations, I have provided support and creative/therapeutic programs to women and children escaping domestic violence, refugees, homeless youth and families, the frail aged and many more vulnerable individuals and communities. It is the gift of this work and the unique perspective it has given me on what is really of value in life, that informs my art practice and has helped me create the paintings in “Abundance”.
The collection of acrylic paintings in “Abundance” are a reminder of what is truly life sustaining and freely available to nurture hope and carry us through our lives. My paintings are a response to the insanity of our times. A layered, colourful NO! to popular culture, the media and world politics that would have us live in fear and competition with each other. The work emphatically disagrees with the popular notion that we are never enough, we never have enough and that in life, human beings either succeed or fail dependent on the amount of “stuff” they accumulate.
The abundance my exhibition celebrates is first seen in the use of vibrant colour and pattern. The pattern of the fabrics peeking through each painting are a metaphor for the fabric of the universe, building blocks uniting and connecting all things. I see all creation as divine in nature, with this energy expressing itself in endless combinations through us, the natural world and our lived moments. My paintings delight in the abundance of the natural world, expressed through lush foliage and exotic flowers symbolising the endless cycle of life. So too, we are part of this abundance, the many faces seen in my work represent the endless opportunity we offer ourselves and each other. The abundant gift of ourselves for growth, laughter, kindness, love and connection and the ability we have to give, receive and share. I hope “Abundance” is an opportunity to pause and be reminded of all we have within and around us and gently challenge the notion of not having, or being enough.
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I hope to see you at my opening on Saturday the 25th!
Well I’ve payed the deposit, so it’s official! I’ve booked a solo show for November 2017 at Gallery 503 and am painting away with themes and exhibition titles bouncing around in my head. Titles are jockeying for position, but I think as I assemble a body of work, the final winner will become obvious.
I’m also involved in an exciting group show as part of the Inner West Council’s studio trail in May. Add in a bathroom renovation, three kids, an aging mother and a trip to Indonesia for inspiration and I’d say I’ll be kept pretty busy for the next few months.
I’m still trying to organise a show in Melbourne for this year too, but logistics and the tyranny of distance are hampering progress. If anyone has any ideas of suitable galleries or knows anyone who may want to team up for an exhibition, I’d love to hear from you.
I’m working on posting all of my paintings from my latest exhibition “Immanence” in a new gallery on this website. I’m not done yet, so I thought I’d post a few pieces here on my blog. The show was a huge success in so many ways. There are some pieces still available and I’d be happy to provide prints too if you’re interested.
Apart from the themes I explored in this body of work, that I have already mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been working on developing the way I depict my faces. I’ve always been obsessed with eyes in particular and faces in general. I cant tell you how many times during my schooling I had teachers swoop down on me, tearing pages from my hands and accusing me of not listening! The funny thing was I always was listening and could tell them exactly what they had been waffling on about. Even in a work environment I would always draw during meetings and training sessions. Far from distracting me, it seemed to be the only way I could stay focused!
I’m really happy with the way my work is developing. I have no interest in depicting people or objects in a realistic style, but I did want to add more depth and texture to my work and on that front I think my work is coming along nicely.
Gratitude By Emel Jurd 760mm x 760mm $1200
Envelop By Emel Jurd 300mm x 300mm SOLD
Glow By Emel Jurd 300mm x 300mm SOLD
Till Next Time, (especially if I don’t post again before the Christmas holiday season)
I have an upcoming exhibition with fellow artist Lynore Avery. The show is entitled “immanence” which in a nut shell is the existence of the Devine in all things. My paintings in the show are on fabric on canvas collected from my travels overseas in the last few years. Fabric seemed to be the perfect metaphor for exploring the interconnection between all things; the fabric of the universe. The works are layered and vibrant, as is my way and reveal more of the themselves the longer you look. I love how shadows or glimpses of Thai or Indonesian fabric can be seen, but are mostly obscured by layers of paint, colour and line. Faces rest in reflection, or gaze directly at the viewer hinting at hidden emotions. Plants from my yard also plays a prominent role, some true to form and others altered to create skeletal structures, through which other layers of colour and design can be seen.
Opening night is the 19th of November from 6-8pm. Details are on the invitation below.please come along, I’d love to see your lovely faces.
Here is a video of my creative space built at the end of November last year. After years of renting damp, dank studio spaces in dilapidated factories or constantly packing and unpacking materials in the home I share with my partner and three kids, I finally have my own creative space. It’s not huge, but it has changed my creative life for the better in so many ways. I hope you enjoy this video and are perhaps inspired to carve out your own creative space in your home or backyard shed or if you have the means to build.
I love to draw! I started drawing way before I was able to write and it’s still one of my favourite things to do. In this video I talk about why drawing is such a valuable tool to nurture creativity. I hope you enjoy it and as always,