Jenny Grevatte, Nationally-acclaimed Leicestershire artist displays new work at Goldmark Gallery, Opens Saturday 20th October 2012
Jenny Grevatte – one of the county’s most prolific and admired artists – is to exhibit a new body of work at the Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham. Following on from her extremely successful exhibition at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and the accompanying retrospective at Embrace Arts (2010), Jenny has continued to push the boundaries of her practice, exploring a variety of themes as diverse and exciting as her palette. Describing boredom as ‘the artist’s worst enemy’, Jenny’s constant desire to evolve and to experiment has repeatedly forced her outside of her comfort zone. Not only will the results be on display at the opening on Saturday 20th October, but Jenny will also be giving a guided tour of the exhibition.
Jenny grew up in Leicester and trained at De Montfort University. Discovered by the renowned Lillian Browse early on in her career, the paintings Jenny exhibited at the Cork Street gallery, Browse and Darby, in London were small still life compositions she could easily paint whilst looking after her young children. Later on, family trips to Cornwall sparked off a love affair with the artistic Penwith Peninsular and a new direction for Jenny in the way of large-scale, vibrant landscapes. Several solo shows across the country followed, each one an opportunity to reassess and develop her style. Yet, it was the 18-month artist residency at the New Walk Museum (which Jenny took up from 2009 to 2010) that marked a pivotal point in her career. Taking inspiration from the pieces in the permanent collection, Jenny began to paint figures (and faces!) for the first time. The different directions she has taken over the last couple of years will come together at the Goldmark exhibition, showcasing what Jenny considers to be the peak of her creativity.
Although Jenny’s sketch book has travelled with her all over the world, the beautiful woodland surroundings of her home and studio in Leicestershire have been an equally significant and recurring influence. The spontaneity and energy of her sketches are carried through into the main work where Jenny builds layers of mixed media, often including collage, to create surfaces that entice the viewer to look time and time again. As Lillian Browse observed “Jenny’s pictures give pleasure to all who own them, surely one of the most important attributes of art.”
Throughout her career Jenny has looked to the work of other artists such as Braque, Matisse, Mondrian and Ben Nicholson, but she has developed a truly distinct style that speaks with an elegant power all of its own. Today, her work is in demand in Britain and abroad with paintings in the public collections of De Montfort University and New Walk Museum, Leicester; New Hall and Christ’s College, Cambridge; the National Museum of Johannesburg and the Saarland State Collection, Germany.
“We’re delighted to be exhibiting Jenny’s paintings” says Galley Director, Jay Goldmark. “For those new to her work, and for those who have been following it for some time, this exhibition is the perfect opportunity to visit the gallery and to take home a picture from an artist whose reputation will only continue to soar.”
Free entry. Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland. 01572 821 424. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays 2.30pm - 5.30pm