Artist Type Semi Professional
I have recently joined the Renew Wollongong initiative and opened a gallery ‘Gennifer Anderson Art’ in the Crown Street Mall Wollongong. The gallery is a studio/gallery designed to encourage participation from a wide variety of creatives in an open and welcoming environment. Being situated in a highly visible space encourages the public to freely experience art in many formats and get a closer look at the creative process.
After winning the Jayne Wilson Memorial art prize in 2016 I was guest artist for this competition in 2019. During this exhibition I lead a diverse group of creatives through the creative process to create a public piece which will be the main feature of the upcoming exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery titled ‘To Everything There is a Season’ opening on the 6th June 2019. This exhibition will feature my works alongside works by first responders and previous winners of the Jayne Wilson Memorial Arts Prize. This project was made possible by a wards based arts grant.
My artwork is on display at the Shellharbour Hospital Ambulatory Care Centre and the Wollongong arts precinct. Art is a great source of joy for me that I share with others. I spend every spare minute in the studio or working on community projects.
After creative participation in ‘Childs Word’ events in the ACT I have continued to collaborate on community projects in the Illawarra including ‘Picasso Calves’ ,‘Child friendly by design’, ‘The Arts Trail @ Killalea’ and ‘Shades of the Illawarra’.
My artwork is vibrant and heavily textured. I like to build a story layer by layer using a mixture of paint and collage. My works on board, multipanel or canvas are usually finished under resin. I sometimes like to use the resin as part of the textured surface covering only parts of the surface, sanding back or polishing it. For other applications such as clocks I use it as a smooth glass like coating. I also use resin in my reimaged furniture pieces again creating a story within the item imbedding pages of books, trinkets or beach glass. I don’t describe myself as a painter or sculpture but rather as a ‘constructor of art’. I am currently experimenting with a variety of resins, tints and techniques to push the properties of the resin and create more texture and depth in my pieces.
My tiny art range includes handmade jewelry, coasters and miniatures, which make truly unique local art gifts. I create each piece with treasures and inspiration from places I love to explore in the beautiful Illawarra. The pebbles stones and sea glass are individually embellished with seeds, small botanicals and polymer clay, hand painted and coated in resin in keeping with their individual character.
As a ‘constructor’ of art I use a wide variety of media including acrylic, oil, sand, paper, shells, found objects and resin with resin being part of the artwork and the glue that holds the work together. Resin enriches the colour and protects the work with a glass like coat. It also allows me greater freedom to experiment with media, supports and surface preparation.
I am, primarily motivated by the random arrangements of nature and have a passion for the concept of belonging which is the underlying inspiration for all my work. My works are the visual representation of memories of emotion, time and place.
Since completing the Diploma of Visual Arts at West Wollongong TAFE in 2013 I have exhibited work throughout the Illawarra.
After winning the Jayne Wilson Memorial art prize in 2016 I was guest artist for this competition in 2019. During this exhibition I lead a diverse group of people through the creative process to create a public piece which will be the main feature of the upcoming exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery titled ‘To Everything There is a Season’ opening on the 6th June 2019. This exhibition will feature my works alongside works by first responders and previous winners of the Jayne Wilson Memorial Arts Prize. This project was made possible by a wards based arts grant.
My artwork is on public display at the Shellharbour Hospital Ambulatory Care Centre and the Wollongong arts precinct.
Awards & Career highlights
2019 - Opening of Gennifer Anderson Art. A Renew Wollongong Initiative Crown St Mall Wollongong (Next to H&M). Guest Artist Jayne Wilson Memorial Art Prize and Exhibition. Community project 'To Everything there is a Season' to be featured at the Wollongong Art GAllery - opening 6th June 2019
2019 - Group show at Wollongong Art Gallery with Shellharbour City Art Society September 2019
2016 - Group exhibitions & Solo Exhibtion at Minnamurra Cafe. KidsFest events including 'Picasso Calves','Mushroom Garden', 'Paper Lanterns', 'The Festival Hub ‘Creative Sparks’, 'Artstrail#Killalea'
2016 - Artwork Commissioning Shellharbour Hospital Ambulatory Care Centre. 1st & 2nd Prize's at Albion Park Show & group exhibitions at Kiama Fire Station, Shellharbour Exhibition space, Project Contemporary Artspace and the Old Courthouse Wollongong
2017 - Winner of the Jayne Wilson Memorial Prize. Street Panel Project and Lightbox at Wollongong Arts Precinct.
1/162Crown St MAll
Wollongong Wollongong NSW
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