Painting and drawing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember - there is nothing better than exploring different mediums and techniques. In more recent works I have felt inspired to simplify and use strokes and brush marks to describe the subject rather than being exact – its like regressing in old age back to the simpler things but it is a challenge. I like strong colour, drawing lines and textual elements and consider myself an intuitive painter as I like to just get going on the painting I have in mind – having said that I do work to the idea. I paint every day and find that this has been one of the major things that improves my work – as someone once said – It is the constant practise of painting that moves you forward. I am mainly self-taught but love to attend other artist’s workshops and always come away having learned something that I can apply to my style. I work in Oils, Watercolour, Pastel and other mediums. I conduct classes and workshops in my home studio and love to show others what I do with paint. Over the past few years I have won over 40 awards including several Major Awards – isn’t it great to be able to do something that we love.
Born: United Kingdom Website: www.gerryjensen.com
Born: 1948 Tunbridge Wells UK and emigrated with my parents to Australia in 1950. I now live in Launceston after living on the North West Coast of Tas for many years.
Education: Endorsed Certificate in Painting and Drawing from TAFE Tasmania and have attended workshops with renowned artists:
Joseph Zbukvic; Herman Pekel; Leoni Duff; Max Wilks; Paul MacDonald Smith; Terry Ludwig
Huon Art Cygnet Tasmania
Rialto Gallery Restaurant
Scottsdale Art Gallery
I have won over 80 awards including:
2020 Best Waterscape Award Pastel Society of Victoria
2019 Major Prize Artex Ulverstone
2018 Pastel Prize TasArt Exhibiton
2018 Launceston Art Centre Award at The Esk
2018 Greg Waddle Memorial Award (LAS)
2017 Pastel at TasArt,
2017 Triple A Judges Commendation LAS
2017 Pastel Award ArtEx Ulverstone
2016 Pastel Award ArtEx Ulverstone
2016 Meandering Highly Commended
2015 Major Award North West Art Circle
2016 Pastel Award Tasart Exhibition
2011 Rotary ArtEx major prize
2009 Major Award Meandering Exhibition LAS
Commissioned to paint the new Searoad Mersey 2 in 2017 which hangs in the Board Room of Searoad Holdings.
Works selected in the International Association of Pastel Artist competitions.
Australian Artist Magazine & The Artist Magazine UK