I began my artistic journey at Bondi Markets in 1994, selling my first artwork for $5, it was a small pastel sketch of a boy holding a surfboard. I almost fell over and it was all the encouragement I needed to keep going.
I began my life journey in West Wyalong (Country NSW) and grew up Wagga (regional NSW). It was a happy childhood with holidays on the south coast, camping and playing on my parents farm at The Rock. I spent hours drawing. I loved art at school and had some very talented art teachers. My early years was spent in the Highlands of New Guinea. We would go to the markets, I was fascinated by the women selling fruit and vegetables, I would set up a stall and sell them back to mum. This little memory, became very significant as I started selling my work at the markets many years later.
In 1988 I made the move to Sydney to study design. I arrived a very naive girl from the country and after six years and a lot of work I graduated with my degree.
Starting my little venture at the markets was fabulous. ( the little memory of the highland markets) The response was amazing and I loved every minute of my time there.
I started little A4 sketches of Bondi, then came the A2 paintings of beaches in gouache and my signature 'Chair Guides'.
I travelled overseas in 1995, to see the great art galleries of Europe. My later travels included parts of Asia, China, Greece, South Pacific and the Maldives. I love a tropical island, and this theme features a lot in my work from 1998 to 2009.
Initially I worked in a studio in Surry Hills then moved my studio home when the family came along. I have 3 kids, Ben, Imogen and Lillian who can be muses at times.
I picked up some oil paints in 2005 to enter the Wynne prize for the first time. But didn’t use them again until 2016 when I began using them in earnest. I also began experimenting with a palette knife, which as it turns out is an unreal piece of equipment.
We moved to Canberra in 2009, leaving my beloved Sydney was hard, the change of environment, the landscape, the seasons - all different and no frangipanis. It has been the right move for our family and as it turns out my development as an artist. I have more life here, more time to paint, less time in traffic, wide open spaces and fresh air.
As I began to enter more competitions in 2016 (and win one) and get shortlisted for others, it dawned on me that the greatest success and accolade I can ever receive as an artist, is for someone to love my art so much that they place it in their home.
Bachelor of Design, UTS
Jennifer Baird CV.
1993 Bachelor of Design. (Fashion and Textiles) University of Technology, Sydney.
1994 Launched Fifth Season Artworks.
1995 Opened Blue Turtle Studio with Wingbeat Jewellery Designers. Bronte, Sydney.
1996 First solo exhibition ‘Noisy Water’, Bondi Pavilion Gallery. Sydney.
1996 Moved Blue Turtle Studio to King Street Newtown. Sydney.
1996 Exhibition ‘Eight Canvases’, Blue Turtle Studio.
1997 Exhibition ‘Newtown Series’, Blue Turtle Studio.
1998 Published as art prints by Artworks Art Publishers.
1998 Exhibition ‘Greek Island Series’, Blue Turtle Studio.
1999 Exhibition ‘Blue Series’, Blue Turtle Studio.
2003 Exhibition ‘Ocean and Earth’, with ceramic artist Walter Auer. Kulture Shop, Bronte.
2004 Exhibition ‘Water’s Edge’. Solo, Foyer of Glebe Healing Centre. Annandale, Sydney,
2005 Exhibition ‘Plastic Fantastic’. Solo, M.A.D sustainable art and design centre. Enmore, Sydney
2005 - 2015 worked on private commissions and website, fifthseason.com.au
2016 Exhibition ‘Landscape vs Urban’. Group show at The Brick Lane Gallery, London UK.
2016 Joint winner of the inaugural Sheridan Evans Art Award for artwork relating to Ocean Pools.
For my work ‘Pools of Sydney’, hand coloured lino print.
2016 Finalist in the Brisbane Art Prize, for my work ‘Unfolding’, unfolded Origami on canvas.
2016 Selected in the Belconnen Arts Centre ‘Traces’ exhibition for my work ‘My Table’.
2016 Finalist in The Colourtrap Gallery’s ‘Life in Colour’, Avalon, Sydney for my work ‘Clareville’,
acrylic on canvas.
2016 Finalist in ‘The Artbox Projects’ shown at the Miami Artfair, for my work ‘Sunrise’, woven
plastic bags and lino print on canvas.
2017 'Herstory' group exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day, Smiths Alternative Gallery and Cafe in Canberra City.
2017 Finalist in 'Now' the Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize for my work 'Sunrise'.
2017 Awarded a Highly Commended in the Waverley Art Prize for my lino print 'George Baldessin meets Andy Warhol'. By judges, - Archibald winner, Wendy
Sharpe and gallery director William Sturrock.
2017 Finalist in the 2017 Brisbane Art Prize for my work 'It's all in the Cookie'.
2018 Group exhibition 'This Moment' Noir Gallery Darkroom. Coburg.
2018 Part of the Artbox Projects New York art weeks
I love the Australian artists Ken Done, John Olsen, Richard Claremont, Karen Salter and Trena Lowe. All capturing Australia in their fabulous art.
I am influenced by the work of Kurt Schwitters, whose little collages of recycled and found papers have had an impact on my recycled art. He was also a very brave artist.
I love aboriginal art and have a very large collection of it. I love the space it gives me. In our tiny 2 bedroom apartment in Ashfield I would look at 'Tali Sandhills' and see a vast desert with endless horizon. Horizons are a favourite element of mine, I believe I am giving the viewer some space to stare out onto espcially if they live in a small apartment in the city.
I love the George Baldessin 'Pear' sculpture and the James Turrell 'Skyspace' 'Within Without'. The National Gallery of Australia is my absolute favourite place in Canberra. It is my favourite gallery in the world.
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