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Jill Lewis - Artist

Jill Lewis

Jill Lewis conjures fragmentary, dream-like moments on canvas through multi-layered negotiations that translate into a sense of the familiar. The viewer is embroiled in a pictorial journey, at once candidly child-like and extraordinarily sophisticated. Lewis skilfully weaves snippets of ‘everyday life’ into playful and poetic tapestries of mythological animals and fanciful objects. The result is a substantial body of work over twenty years,  narrating life’s elusive and private moments on her canvases. The artist delves into ancient cultures, borrowing symbols, sacred objects and totems, then employing her iconic mythical creatures. A painterly and spontaneous mark-making technique of rich earthy hues, and gelati colour bombs, emphasise the personal metaphors and private moments underlying her stories. This lyrical and primitive universe forms a theatrical stage for her fantastical cast of bazaar creatures and characters.


Lewis reflects on the stepping-stones that resulted in her burgeoning artistic career –

Four years at RMIT with teachers including Andrew Sibley, Jan Senbergs, James Meldrum and Rick Amor imbued a requirement for some measure of toughness within the work… I learnt that superficial decoration can be pleasing, but that paintings need strong bones to succeed. Exhibiting at Roar Studios in 1984 exposed me to the Roar artists… exhilarating and stimulating… Later, having children.. watching them draw and paint… gave me a love and appreciation of the spontaneous gesture. Their intuitive free spirited drawings made my own work feel labored and restrictive, and inspired a new approach.

The artist’s formative years of keen observation and self-discovery shaped over two decades of exhibiting as well as major commissions in Queensland and Melbourne. Lewis has painted full-time to satisfy demand for her unique work having exhibited at Libby Edwards Galleries in all four galleries since 1998. Her work is represented in collections worldwide and throughout Australia.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Recent Paintings, Anthea Polsen gallery, Gold Coast QLD

2015 New Paintings & Drawings, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2013 Recent Paintings, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2012 Recent Work, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2012 Femme Fatales, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2012 Small Works Group Show, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2011 Recent Work, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2011 Contempo, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2010 Recent Paintings, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2009 Libby Edwards Galleries Brisbane
2008 Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2007 Libby Edwards Galleries Sydney
2006 Libby Edwards Galleries Brisbane
2005 Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2004 Greetings from La La Land, Libby Edwards Galleries Brisbane
2003 Libby Edwards Galleries Sydney
2002 Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2001 Libby Edwards Gallleries Sydney
2000 Summer Show Libby Edwards Galleries Portsea
2000 Libby Edwards Gallleries South Yarra
1999 Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza
1996 Gilchrist Galleries, Brisbane
1996 Gilchrist Galleries, Brisbane
1996 Manyung Galleries, Mt Eliza
1992 Palm Court Gallery, Cairns
1991 Palm Court Gallery, Cairns
1984 Roar Studios, Melbourne
1983 RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

Additional Info

Commissions 2001 Methodist Ladies College Hawthorn stair

Selected Works

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