Jill Lewis

"At Last The Return of Goatism"

Acrylic on canvas
136 x 138cm
$AUD 8,000.00

"Beach Walks with Friends & Advisors"

Acrylic on canvas
90 x 120cm
$AUD 3,800.00

"Bird in Her Own Space"

Acrylic on canvas
90 x 90cm
$AUD 2,500.00


"Caribbean Holiday"

Acrylic on canvas
153 x 153cm
$AUD 8,800.00

"Dancer in the Jungle"

Acrylic on canvas
92 x 92cm
$AUD 3,200.00

"Figures Transforming into Spirits"

Acrylic on canvas
122 x 182cm
$AUD 8,800.00


"Magician Instructing The Forest Animals"

Acrylic on canvas
91 x 91cm
$AUD 3,800.00

"Only The Birds Were Curious"

Acrylic on canvas
100 x 120cm
$AUD 4,000.00

"Playful Crocodiles"

Acrylic on canvas
153 x 153cm
$AUD 9,900.00


"Rocking Horses Consulting The Clouds"

Acrylic on canvas
122 x 122cm
$AUD 5,000.00

"The Precarious Nature of Things"

Acrylic on canvas
152 x 152cm
$AUD 7,700.00

"They required No Vehicles"

Acrylic on canvas
120 x 110cm
$AUD 4,000.00


"Untitled (Abstract green man)"

Acrylic on canvas
110 x 100cm
$AUD 4,000.00

Jill Lewis conjures fragmentary, dream-like moments on canvas through multi-layered negotiations that translate into a sense of the familiar. The viewer is embroiled in a pictorial journey, at once candidly child-like and extraordinarily sophisticated. Lewis skilfully weaves snippets of ‘everyday life’ into playful and poetic tapestries of mythological animals and fanciful objects. The result is a substantial body of work over twenty years,  narrating life's elusive and private moments on her canvases. The artist delves into ancient cultures, borrowing symbols, sacred objects and totems, then employing her iconic mythical creatures. A painterly and spontaneous mark-making technique of rich earthy hues, and gelati colour bombs, emphasise the personal metaphors and private moments underlying her stories. This lyrical and primitive universe forms a theatrical stage for her fantastical cast of bazaar creatures and characters.

 

Lewis reflects on the stepping-stones that resulted in her burgeoning artistic career -

Four years at RMIT with teachers including Andrew Sibley, Jan Senbergs, James Meldrum and Rick Amor imbued a requirement for some measure of toughness within the work... I learnt that superficial decoration can be pleasing, but that paintings need strong bones to succeed. Exhibiting at Roar Studios in 1984 exposed me to the Roar artists... exhilarating and stimulating... Later, having children.. watching them draw and paint... gave me a love and appreciation of the spontaneous gesture. Their intuitive free spirited drawings made my own work feel labored and restrictive, and inspired a new approach.

The artist's formative years of keen observation and self-discovery shaped two decades of exhibiting as well as major commissions in Queensland and Melbourne. Lewis has painted full-time to satisfy demand for her unique work having exhibited at Libby Edwards Galleries in all four galleries since 1998. Her work is represented in collections worldwide and throughout Australia.

Exhibitions

2015 New Paintings & Drawings, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2013 Recent Paintings, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2012 Recent Work, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2012 Femme Fatales, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2012 Small Works Group Show, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2011 Recent Work, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne

2011 Contempo, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2010 Recent Paintings, Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2009 Libby Edwards Galleries Brisbane
2008 Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2007 Libby Edwards Galleries Sydney
2006 Libby Edwards Galleries Brisbane
2005 Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2004 Greetings from La La Land, Libby Edwards Galleries Brisbane
2003 Libby Edwards Galleries Sydney
2002 Libby Edwards Galleries Melbourne
2001 Libby Edwards Gallleries Sydney
2000 Summer Show Libby Edwards Galleries Portsea
2000 Libby Edwards Gallleries South Yarra
1999 Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza
1996 Gilchrist Galleries, Brisbane
1996 Gilchrist Galleries, Brisbane
1996 Manyung Galleries, Mt Eliza
1992 Palm Court Gallery, Cairns
1991 Palm Court Gallery, Cairns
1984 Roar Studios, Melbourne
1983 RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

Collections
Wrotham Park Station P & O Resort, Cairns, Queensland
La Strada Restaurant, Gold Coast, mural size painting
Marriot Hotel - Brisbane, mural size painting-business lobby
University of the Sunshine Coast,Permanent Collection
Private collections in Japan, Taiwan, USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Majorca and Australia.

 

Commissions

2001 Methodist Ladies College Hawthorn stair

"A Cockatoo's in my Garden, the Child is Waiting to Leave" 

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas Mixed media and acrylic on canvas
182 x 152cm

"A Story of Whispering Fish and Balancing Acts"

Acrylic on canvas
137 x 213cm

"Applause for the Bird Whisperer"

Acrylic on canvas
137 x 137cm


"At Random Social Events She Aired Her Cancelled Emotions"

MIxed media and acrylic on canvas
122 x 122cm

"Believing the Original Story"

Acrylic on canvas
137 x 183cm

"Biggles, the Happy, Hoppy Dog"

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas
76 x 152cm


"Bird O'Clock"

Acrylic on canvas

"Birds in a Row"

Acrylic on canvas

"Birds who Perform"

Acrylic on canvas


"Bliss to Sing with Birds and Drink Tea..."

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas

"BYO wine, milk & honey"

Acrylic, ink on paper

"classical goat"

Acrylic on waterford paper


"Confronting the Mystic"

Acrylic on canvas

"Coquettish Cat"

Acrylic on canvas

"Dance of the Tall Tr. Girl"

Acrylic on canvas


"Delicious Land"

Acrylic on canvas

"Disturb Me"

Acrylic on canvas

"Dorks United"

Acrylic on canvas


"Elephant Tree Good Luck Charm"

Acrylic on canvas

"esturine crocodiles inhabit this area"

Acrylic, ink on paper

"Falling Coconuts, Cairns"

Acrylic on canvas


"Feel Free to Join the Conversation"

Acrylic on canvas

"Floating Past on the Escapade"

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

"Floral Gifts can go unnoticed in Springtime"

Acrylic on canvas


"Flying with the Moon Over Deserts"

Acrylic on canvas

"Gelati Jungle"

Acrylic on paper

"Goat At Table"

Acrylic on canvas


"Greetings from La La Land... Wish You Were Here"

Acrylic on canvas

"Happy Painting 2"

Acrylic on canvas

"Harry's Yellow blanket caused a Stir"

Acrylic on Arches paper


"Having a Life of a Pi Moment"

Acrylic on canvas

"Headspace"

Acrylic on canvas

"Heartsong Unspoken"

Acrylic on canvas


"Her Tangled Life and a Bit of Lace"

Acrylic on canvas

"Here is the New Flexible Limit"

Acrylic on canvas

"I Can't Tell You Why Because Then I Would Know"

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas


"In the Company of Cool Friends and Water"

Mixed media on paper

"In the Middle of a Scribble"

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas

"Instructions: How To Remain Rational"

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas


"It's Not About the Camel"

Acrylic on canvas

"Journey Going Backwards"

Acrylic on arches paper

"Just Dreaming of La La Land"

Acrylic on canvas


"Just Put Everything In"

Acrylic on canvas

"Learning to Levitate"

Acrylic on canvas

"Learning to Levitate 2"

Acrylic on canvas


"Leo, Who Rules the Roost"

Acrylic on canvas

"Lessons From The Well Travelled One"

Acrylic on canvas

"Like an Egyptian"

Acrylic on canvas


"Looking Through You Where Did You Go"

Acrylic on canvas

"Lost City of La La Land"

Acrylic on canvas

"Love is a Ball... and a Chain"

Acrylic on canvas


"Memories that dissolve and move"

Acrylic/ ink on canvas

"Metaphor for 100 Moments"

Acrylic on canvas

"Missy Gets Upset When Everyone Talks at Once"

Acrylic on canvas


"My Garden is Not Compatible with Technology"

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas

"My Mythical Horse"

Acrylic on canvas

"Never Smile Outwardly at the Stumpy-Tailed Crocodile"

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas


"No Opposition to Dejavu"

Acrylic on canvas

"On a Mission to Ignore Instructions"

Acrylic on canvas

"Pale Morning Beside the Water"

Mixed media on canvas


"Prehistoric La La Land"

Acrylic on canvas

"rainforest embracing the children"

Acrylic on canvas

"Red Goat Reconsiders"

Acrylic on canvas


"Returning The Toucan"

Acrylic on canvas

"Riding the Moment"

Acrylic on canvas

"she was aware of the bird..."

Mixed media on paper


"Stone Dancer Steps from the Moon Pond"

Acrylic on canvas

"Stories & games from another childhood"

Acrylic/ink on canvas

"Strange to Arrive in the Land of Pineapple"

Acrylic on canvas


"Supporters of the Undiscovered Moment"

Acrylic on canvas

"Tempting Advice for the Romantic at Heart"

Acrylic on canvas

"The 2nd Nature of Pink & Green"

Acrylic on canvas


"The Collaboration"

Acrylic on waterford paper

"The Dog with No Name"

Acrylic on canvas

"The Embroidered Conversations Between Friends"

Acrylic on canvas


"The Farewell Party"

Acrylic on canvas

"the goat had simply lost his way"

Acrylic on canvas

"The Heart Wrestles the Mind, and Wins"

Acrylic on canvas


"the horse did not reveal the true state of things"

Acrylic on canvas

"The Horse Isn't Black or While and there is No Cherry Tree"

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas

"The Institute of Tangled Communications"

Acrylic on canvas


"The Investigation Revealed"

Acrylic on canvas

"The Magicians of Horse River"

Acrylic on polycotton

"The Messengers Wait Softly to Proceed"

Acrylic on canvas


"The Rightful Return of the Fish"

Acrylic on canvas

"The Ritual Dance"

Acrylic on arches paper

"The Unwritten Myth"

Acrylic on canvas


"The Whale Whisperer"

Mixed media on paper

"They Kind of Knew Each Others Ways"

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

"They'd all been with the circus at one time or another"

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas


"Things That Happen by Chance in the Land of the Red Carpet"

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

"Three Chicks"

Acrylic on canvas

"Tiptoe into Antiquity"

Acrylic on canvas


"Totemic Conversation"

Acrylic on canvas

"Transferring the Touch"

Acrylic on canvas

"Travelling East"

Acrylic on canvas


"Turning and Spinning"

Acrylic on canvas

"Village Conversation"

Acrylic on canvas

"Walk and Rest and Dream in Reply to the Summer Heat"

Mixed media and acrylic on canvas


"What Big Eyes You Have"

Acrylic on canvas

"Wishes & Wonderings in the Wind"

Acrylic on watercolour paper

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