Jane Gerrish – Observe

Suki & Hugh Gallery 38A Gibraltar Street Bungendore, NSW
Saturday 13 February – Sunday 21 March 2021
Opening on 13 February 2021, 10am – 4pm

Observe is Sydney artist Jane Gerrish’s third solo show. In it she transports us to the glamourous Côte d’Azur of the 1920s and beyond, revealing captivating detail of the master Henri Matisse in his studios.

This exhibition makes full use of Jane’s fashion design background, giving us highly sensitive renderings of drapery and precise detailing of patterns and textures. In her works we see and learn about Matisse’s adoration of women through a series of painstakingly researched, fine drawings with bursts of exuberant colour, reflecting the ‘joie de vie’ of the period. Jane’s written guide provides detail and timelines, which contextualise the period.

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

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.