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Jenny Watson, The Key Painting, 1987, oil and gouache on cotton, 48 3/8 x 70 7/8".

Jenny Watson

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

Jenny Watson, The Key Painting, 1987, oil and gouache on cotton, 48 3/8 x 70 7/8".

Since her first solo show in Melbourne in 1973, Jenny Watson has been one of Australia’s most notable expressionist painters, able to invest images and text with psychobiographical vitality. “Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy” was the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work to date, including more than one hundred drawings, prints, and paintings with collage and mixed media from the 1970s to the present. Assembled with intelligence and empathy by curator Anna Davis, the show traced the development of Watson’s distinctive idiom through all its phases. 

Watson’s early works show a young artist honing techniques and soaking up various artistic trends. She started with large Photorealist paintings such as Brown Horse with Yellow/Green Headband, 1973, which depicts a glossy-coated thoroughbred with George Stubbs–like precision. From the mid- to late ’70s her work responded to

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