Jane Gerrish – Observe

Suki & Hugh Gallery 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore, NSW
Until Sunday 21 March 2021

A visit to Suki & Hugh and the current exhibition about Matisse and his world by Sydney artist Jane Gerrish is highly recommended for any devotee of modern French art and art history.

The artist’s exquisite drawings pay homage not only to Matisse but to the models he worked with and to his collection of objects. Gathered from around the world, the objects were a feature of much of his work.

Barbie visited Suki & Hugh Gallery to talk to Jane Gerrish about Observe

Observe is Jane Gerrish’s third solo show. In it she has lovingly and painstakingly portrayed Matisse’s work, his studios and his home in the south of France, giving us entrée into the world of this much-loved master. She has drawn on extensive research and historic photographs as a basis for her work.

Unlike many of his peers, Matisse thought of his women as creative partners, treating them with great respect and admiration. Often plucked from their lives as actresses and dancers in vibrant Nice, Matisse would pose his concubines in amazing costumes, placing them in wildly theatrical harem stage sets.

In this exhibition we clearly see Matisse’s regard for his models. Jane’s written guide provides detail and timelines, which contextualise the period.

Matisse is known for his use of rich colour and of sumptuous, tasselled cushions, gilded mirrors, tarnished pewter pitchers, carved Moorish screens, inlaid Turkish daybeds, pottery from Fez, porcelain from China, Persian carpets and richly patterned textiles.

This exhibition makes full use of Jane’s fashion design background, with beautiful renderings of drapery and precise detailing of patterns and textures.