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'Points of View'', Jillian Porteous (Hullabaloo Art Space, Cromwell)

There is no such thing as a static subject in painting. In portraiture, the human face is capable of infinite variety of expression and movement.
A still life will challenge the nature of its title by altering in appearance with the time of day and passage of light. And the view of a landscape will shift from one second to the next, affected by the sliding sun, the direction of the wind, the advancement of clouds, the disturbance of feet, and the mindset and mood of its observer.
Bendigo artist Jillian Porteous' latest study, ''Points of View'', highlights the impossibility of capturing a fixed viewpoint on canvas. A scene as it exists at one moment will never again be exactly replicated, nor will it be interpreted in the same way by two different people.
Porteous claims to not be a ''message'' painter. Her works, like all artworks, will make individual connections with their audience and create unique stories with each viewer. Her soft colour palette lends a slightly hazy daydream effect that is enhanced by an abstraction and simplification of form. Porteous works quickly on small block canvases, capturing impressions of brief moments.
The collective ''Points of View'' then become something of a painted, interchangeable set of puzzle pieces. The viewer can literally build their own landscape by putting together as many of the blocks as they like, arranging them in an order that creates a picture from their own imagination.

Laura Elliot 6 Feb 2014

 

 


Jillian Porteous


2005 - 17
1984 - 04
2000
1989


1980 – 82
1972 – 78

Painting, graphic design and teaching private art classes
Graphic Designer, Dunedin Public Libraries
Mural commission, The French Café, Dunedin.
Winner of the Goodman Fielder Wattie Library Display Award
Highly Recommended, Telecom Art Awards, Dunedin
Joint commission for The Lakeland Park Royal, Queenstown.
Otago Polytechnic School of Art,  graduated Diploma of Fine Arts
Living in Madrid and Athens. Extended travel throughout Europe
Three mural commissions in Athens.



solo exhibitions
2007 -17
2014
2007
2006
2002
1998
1995
1992
1986/87

Hullabaloo Art Space, Cromwell
Front Room Gallery, Queenstown
Anchorage Gallery, Port Chalmers
Moray Gallery, Dunedin
Moray Gallery, Dunedin
Ground Essence Café, Dunedin
No 5 Gallery, Dunedin
Bagdad Café, Dunedin
Marshall Seifert Gallery, Dunedin

 


group exhibitions

2017
2016
2015
2010-17
2009
2007-08
2006

2004
2003
2000
1998
1997
1996
1995

1994
1993
1991

1990

1986
1983

"Six of Us" Cloakroom Gallery, Queenstown
Hullabaloo Artists, Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown
Cloakroom Gallery, Queenstown
Hullabaloo Art Space, Cromwell
Group Show, Bellamy's Gallery, Dunedin
Hullabaloo Art Space, Cromwell & Central Stories Gallery, Alexandra
Bonjour Monsuer Holman, Moray Gallery,  Dunedin
RE:opening:12 Artists, Hullabaloo Art Space,  Old Cromwell Town
Large Art,  Cleveland Arts Centre, Dunedin
Group Show, Anchorage Gallery, Port Chalmers
Altrusa Club, From Dunedin with Love, Dunedin
Winter Exhibition  Mobile Art, Auckland
Group,  Harriette Cotton Gallery, Dunedin
3 Group Shows,  No 5 Gallery, Dunedin
Vision Art,  Port Chalmers
125 Cup&Saucer Exhibition, No 5 Gallery, Dunedin
Delia Grace Galleries,  Wellington
The Artist at Home  Moray Gallery,  Dunedin
Mainland Art Awards,  OAS Gallery, Dunedin
Oamaru Licensing Trust Art Awards, Oamaru
Women Artists,  Port Chalmers Aero Club Gallery
Tokoroa Art Awards,  Tokoroa
Artist for Nicaragua,  Otago Museum Foyer
Young Artists,  OAS Gallery, Dunedin