The First Riding Lesson
acrylic and gesso on rabbit skin glue primed Belgian linen
185 x 250cm
Courtesy of the artist
Jenny Watson is known for candid works that document her life and dreams. Her paintings reflect a particular emphasis on women’s experience by depicting female figures on fabrics selected for their cultural significance, geographic origins and individual histories. Over the past thirty years Watson has explored the interior life with a personal iconography. Through her paintings we are offered a lexicon of horses, pets, friends, found phrases and everyday ephemera, together building subjective representations of the artist. Each work can be read as a conjunction of its textual and visual motifs, together with its title, but also in reference to her preceding body of work. The interrelation of these different elements in Watson’s work is not arbitrary. Rather, they are connected, as different elements in our lives are, at times strongly inter-related yet at other times fleeting or fragmentary.
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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