Jenny Watson

 

1951  Born Melbourne, Australia. 

 

1972  Diploma of Painting, National Gallery of Victoria Art School, Melbourne 

 

1973  Diploma of Education, State College of Victoria, Melbourne 

 

1978-84  Partner in Art Projects, Melbourne  

 

Watson staged her first solo exhibition in 1973 and has since presented 60 solo exhibitions in Australia and 50 solo exhibitions in Europe, Asia, India, New Zealand and the United States.

Her work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions and is represented in state, corporate and private collections throughout Australia and overseas.

 

Watson currently divides her time between Brisbane Australia and Europe.

 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

 

2018

Limits, Gimpel Fils, London

 

2017 

Jenny Watson: the fabric of fantasy, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney 

 

Other Lives, Galerie Straihammer and Seidenschwann, Vienna, Austria 

Buffaloes, Gangurinn/ The Corridor, Reykjavik, Iceland 

 

 

2016  

Just a Girl, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 

Chronicles, QCA Gallery, Brisbane 

 

 

2015 

Fabrications, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

 

 

2014  

Birds, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Garden of Eden and Child’s Play, Galerie Transit, Belgium

I woke up in France, Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide 

 

 

2012  

Other Lives, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Shibuya, Japan 

Layerings, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne 

Jenny Watson: Here There and Everywhere, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Melbourne 

 

 

2011 

Five paintings about a mobile phone, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide 

Striped Paintings and Undercover, Gimpel Fils, London, UK 

 

 

2010  

The Daisy Show, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 

Jenny Watson, CIAP, Belgium 

 

 

2009  

American Idyll, Galerie TRANSIT, Belgium 

Material Evidence: Jenny Watson, Works on Fabric 1981 - 2005, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Sonntag and Transit Galerie, Belgium 

OPQ Project Show, The Factory, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria   

Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne 

 

 

2008  

Galerie Axel Holm, Ulm, Germany 

Walking the dog, Malkasten, Dusseldorf 

 

 

2007  

Galerie Daniel Varenne, Geneva 

Star Material, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 

 

 

2006  

Paris Fashion Week 2006, a collaboration with Arno Caravel and Martin Grant, Peloton, Sydney 

 

Vintage Paintings & New Watercolours, TRANSIT, Mechelen, Belgium 

Works made in Sri Lanka, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

Exhibition at Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia 

 

 

2005  

Material Evidence: Jenny Watson, Works on Fabric 1981 - 2005, Dell Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia 

Child’s Play, Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Dusseldorf, Germany 

Jenny Watson, Muka Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 

 

 

2004  

Woman and cat in an upper west side apartment, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia 

Angels, Mrs. Peel, Maybelline and a Long Night of the Soul, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 

Childs Play II, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, USA 

 

 

2003  

Child’s Play, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama and Hatano Fine Arts, Osaka, Japan 

Made in Perth, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

Doll House, International Art Space Kellerberrin, Kellerrebin, Western Australia 

 

 

2002  

Girls, Gimpel Fils, London

Jenny Watson, Paul Greenaway, Adelaide 

 

 

2001  

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

ARCO, Madrid (Anna Schwartz Gallery)

Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Bologna Art Fair, Giordano Raffaelli, Trento, Italy

Shrinksville, Galerie Transit, Belgium 

 

 

2000  

Shelf life, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Wild East, Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Dusseldorf, Germany 

 

 

1999  

Japan ’99, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 

 

 

1998  

The Play Room & Buffaloes, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

University of Hanoi and College of Fine Arts, Vietnam

Mothership, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Dina Carola, Naples, Italy

Achim Kubinski, Berlin, Italy

The Seven Ages of a Playboy Bunny, Gimpel Fils, London, U.K. 

 

 

1997  

The Bear Facts, Galerie Transit, Leuven, Belgium

Mothership, Giordano Raffaeli, Trento, Italy 

 

 

1996  

Marburger University Museum, Germany

Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1995  

Made in Europe, Ulmer Museum, Germany

Rosenheim Farm, Rosenheim Kunstverein, Rosenheim, Germany

Gramency Park Paintings, Manus Presse, Stuttgart, Germany

Gaby Kranshaar, Dusseldorf, Germany

History / Hysterie, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Minimalism, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Dusseldorf, Germany

Galerie Janine Mautsch, Cologne, Germany

Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria

Paintings with Veils and False Tails, Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong

Manus Presse, Stuttgart, Germany

Ludwigforum for Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany

Galerie Fabian Walter, Basel, Switzerland 

 

 

1994  

Prints, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Galerie Transit, Leuven, Belgium

Paintings with Veils and False Tails, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra;

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Dusseldorf, Germany 

 

 

1993  

Jenny Watson, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale

Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Paintings with Veils and False Tails, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy

Galerie Janine Mautsch, Cologne, Germany

Galerie Hilger, Frankfurt, Germany

Galerie Von Witzleben, Karlsruhe, Germany

Yoshida Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 

 

 

1992  

Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Yoshida Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

Roberta Lietti Arte Contemporanea, Como, Italy

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

 

 

1991  

Black Wholes, City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1990  

Pleasures and Memories, Galerie Hilger, Frankfurt, Germany 

 

 

1989  

Fables, Pastoral and Present, City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Roz Mac Allan Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 

 

 

1988 

City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1987 

The Mad Room, City Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Roz Mac Allan Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 

 

 

1986  

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1985  

University Gallery, University of Melbourne, Australia

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

 

 

1984  

Art Projects, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1983  

Art Projects, Melbourne, Australia

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

 

 

1982 

Art Projects, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1981  

Q Space Annex, Brisbane Art Projects, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1980  

Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Q Space Annex, Brisbane, Australia

Axiom Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

David Reid Gallery, Sydney, Australia 

 

 

1978  

Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1977  

Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1975  

Abraxas Gallery, Canberra, Australia

Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane, Australia 

 

 

1974  

Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

1973 

Chapman Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

 

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

 

 

2016 

Flashback & Guests, Stalke Galleri, Denmark 

Painting, More Painting – Chapter 2, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Love…More Than a Four Letter Word, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Queensland 

 

2015  

Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School, Sydney 

Radical Romanticism, CRANE International Project Space, Crane Arts, Philadelphia 

GROUP SHOW: Tony Clark, Dale Frank, Kathy Temin & Jenny Watson, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Howard Arkley (and friends…), TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, Australia

Bologna Art Fair, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy 

 

 

2014  

Solitaire, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Healesville 

Spin Doctor, Brussels Art Fair, Belgium (curated by Johan Creten) 

Basil Sellers Art Prize 4, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne. 

Pop to Popism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 

 

 

2013  

Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 

 

Every day I am a day older: Portraiture from the Griffith University Art Collection, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane. 

New 2013: Selected Recent Acquisitions, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane 

Heat in the Eyes: New Acquisitions 2010-2013, Ian Potter Museum of Art - University of Melbourne, Melbourne. 

Playtime, Institute 

 

 

2012  

Contemporary Australia: Women, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 

Kindness/Udarta: Australia-India Cultural Exchange, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. 

 

 

2011  

Forever Young: 30 Years of the Heide Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 

PICA Salon 2011, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth 

 

 

2010  

Slow Burn: A century of Australian women artists from a private collection, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney 

We Call Them Pirates Out Here, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Melbourne / Brisbane: punk, art and after, The Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne 

 

 

2008  

The Brisbane Sound, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 

 

 

2007  

National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize 2007, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 

Art Brussels 2007, Brussels, Belgium 

Art 38 Basel, with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland 

2007 Milano Art Fair, with Giordano Raffaelli, Milan, Italy 

Bendigo Art Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo 

Glimpse: Inside Gold Coast City Art Gallery‘s Collection, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, QLD 

Innocence and Experience, Gimpel Fils, London, 4 April - 12 May 

Cut ‘N’ Paste, Peloton Galleries, Sydney, 18 April - 12 May 

Let Them Roam, Harrison Galleries, Sydney 

 

 

2006 

The Idea of the Animal, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria 

 

 

2005 

Blur: Reality and Realism in Picture Making, Curated by Steven Alderton, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, QLD, Australia 

So You Wanna Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star: Australian painting from the NGV Shell Collection, NGV touring exhibition organized by NETS Victoria

Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Victoria 

10/21 - VCA at the Venice Biennale, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia 

Drawing Centre, curated by Ross Woodrow, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW, Jan-Mar 2005 

Blur, curated by Steven Alderton, Dell Gallery @ QCA, Brisbane, Queensland 

The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2005, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia 

If the walls could talk: Tony Clark, Callum Morton, David Noonan, Kathy Temin and Jenny Watson, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia  

Critical Mass, Transit Gallery, Belgium 

Gallery artists in new space, Giordano Raffaelli, Trento, Italy 

 

 

2004  

La Flora, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia; travelled to Atlanta

George Keyt Foundation International Artists’ Camp 2004, Harold Peiris Gallery, Lionel Wendt Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Ruby Ranch, Arizona, New Mexico, curated Dr. Patricia Frederick 

George Keyt Foundation International Artist’s Camp 2004, ‘The Village’, Habarana, Sri Lanka and subsequent exhibition Harold Peiris Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Blur, curated by Steven Alderton, Redland Art Gallery, Redland Shire Council, Cleveland, Queensland, Australia 

2004 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), Grafton Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales 

Portrait Show, University of Queensland, Brisbane; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia 

Heavenly Creatures, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria, Australia 

Bendigo Art Prize, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia 

Children (Four artists), Galerie Transit, Belgium 

Brussels Art Fair, Belgium 

 

 

2003  

Group Show, MUKA, Auckland, New Zealand 

Group Show, Annina Nosei, New York, USA 

Summer Show, Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Dusseldorf, Germany 

StArt: arte e sport a Cavalese, Centro Arte Contemporanea di Cavalese, Trento, Italy 

Speilhoven Project, Belgium 

Brussels Art Fair, Belgium 

MCA Unpacked II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 

MCA Unpacked, Queensland University Art Gallery, Brisbane (touring exhibition) 

 

In Conversation, The VanVliet Collection of international contemporary art with artworks from the collection of The University of Queensland, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane  

 

2002  

Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 - 2002, National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Melbourne (November 2002 to February 2003) 

Frankfurt Art Fair, Galerie Gaby Kraushaar, Düsseldorf

Parallel Structures, a David Pestorious Project, Southbank, Brisbane & 200 Gertrude Street Artists Spaces, Melbourne

Transit Narratives, Staff of Selected Australian Universities, touring Italy 

 

2001  

Vessel….vehicle of promise, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, New South Wales 

Desire, RMIT Gallery, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne

MCA Unpacked, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (touring exhibition)  

 

2000  

Summer Invitational, Annina Nosei, New York, U.S.A.

Mommy Dearest, Gimpel Fils, London, U.K. 

 

1999 

Annina Nosei at Bologna Art Fair, Italy

Group Exhibition, Stalke Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark  

 

1998  

VOXXX, Chemnitz

Private Parts, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne  

 

1997  

Kelowna Museum, British Columbia, Canada

Gallery Artists, Annina Nosei, New York

Art Basel 28'97, Basel, Switzerland

Art Apero Bildzauber, Fabien Walter Galerie, Basel, Switzerland

Hotel on Fire: Brad Buckley, Genevieve Cadieux, Via Lewandowsky, Ken Lum, 

Jenny Watson, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, Canada  

 

1996  

Telstra Adelaide Festival, Adelaide

Basel International Art Fair ‘96, Basel, Switzerland

Cologne Art Fair, Cologne, Germany  

 

1995  

Natural Dialogue, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

Double Vision, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Canberra School of Art, Canberra

One World: Many Visions, In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations,

Silvermine Guild Arts Centre Gallery, New Canaan, CT  

 

1994  

Annina Nosei Gallery, New York

The Body, The Human Measure, Galerie Gaby Kraushar, Dusseldorf

Confess and Conceal, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Australian Centre,

Manila, Philippines; Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia

Yoshida Gallery, 1994 Nagoya Contemporary Art Fair, Nagoya, Japan

Galerie Fabian Walter, Basel, Switzerland

Power Works from the M.C.A. Collection, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongaarewa, Wellington; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Waikato Museum of Art & History, Hamilton, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand (1995) 

 

 

1993  

Yoshida Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

Sue Crockford Gallery, New Zealand

Prospect 1993, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, & Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

Confess and Conceal, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, National Gallery of Art, Singapore,

National Gallery of Art, Bangkok, Thailand

Wit’s End, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney  

 

1992  

Sinnlich, Janine Mautsch Galerie, Cologne  

 

1991  

Early and Recent Work by 8 Contemporary Artists, City Gallery, Melbourne

Off the Wall / In the Air: A Seventies Selection, Monash University; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Aufzeichnung, Janine Mautsch Galerie, Cologne

Personal Portraits, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York

Gold Coast City Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Centre, Queensland  

 

1990  

City Gallery at ARCO'90, Madrid, Spain

Defective Models - Australian Portraiture 19th & 20th Centuries, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

Art With Text, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

2nd Australian Contemporary Art Fair, City Gallery, Melbourne

Alice 125, Gryphon Gallery, Melbourne State College, Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula Print Prize, Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery

Portia Geach Art Prize, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

15th Fremantle Print Award Exhibition, Fremantle Art Centre, West Australia

1990 Diamond Valley Art Award, Diamond Valley Shire Offices, Greensborough 

 

 

1988  

Phase Zone Three, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne

Selected Work 1968 - 1988, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Australian Bicentennial Perspecta, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and subsequent tour: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany & Stuttgart, Wurttembergische Kunsterverein (1989), West Germany  

 

1987  

Chaos, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Paperworks by Seven, Roz MacAllan Gallery, Brisbane

Backlash, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Australian Art 1965 - 1985 (Field to Figuration), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

John McCaughey Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Images of Childhood, Heide Park & Art Gallery, Melbourne

Australian Bicentennial Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney  

 

1986  

Sixth Triennale of India, Dehli, India (awarded Gold Medal)

Forbidden Objects, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 

 

1985  

Visual Tension, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Queensland Works, Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane

Isolaustralia, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy

Artists Books, Anzart in New Zealand, Auckland

Close Remarks, Artspace, Sydney

3rd Internationale Triennale der Zeichnung, Stadt Kunsthalle, Nuremberg

Peace Biennale, Kunstmuseum & Kunsthaus, Hamburg  

 

1984  

Form - Image - Sign, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Apocalypse + Utopia, University Gallery, The University of Melbourne, Art Projects, Melbourne

5th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Dreams and Nightmares, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Symbols, Emblems, Signatures: Australian Drawings 1984, Govett-Brewster Gallery,

New Plymouth, New Zealand 

 

1983  

Robert MacPherson, Jenny Watson, Mike Parr, John Nixon, Art Projects, Melbourne

A Melbourne Mood: Cool Contemporary Art, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Minimalism, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

A.U.S.T.R.A.L.I.A., Zona Firenze, Italy

Drawing from the Face and Figure, Heide Park & Art Gallery, Melbourne 

 

1983  

From Another Continent, Australia, the Dream & the Real, ARCII Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, France

Australian Art in Amsterdam, Galerie Biederberg Muller, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Recent Australian Painting: A Survey of the 70s & 80s, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Vox Pop; Into the 80s, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Mattara Exhibition, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle

Acquisitions 1973 -1983, Queensland University Art Museum, Brisbane

Drawings (Schematic, Expressionist & Psychological), Art Projects, Melbourne

Against the Wall (Selections from the Michell Endowment), University Gallery, Melbourne

New Art: Selections from the Michell Endowment, Banule Gallery, Melbourne 

 

 

1982  

4th Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Painting/Painting, Art Projects, Melbourne

New Painting, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney

Popism, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

The Temple of the Winds, N-Space, Melbourne

Australian Art of the Seventies, The Philip Morris Collection, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

The Seventies, The National Bank Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne  

 

1981 

Real Super Real, Albury Art Gallery

New Realism, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 

 

The Beacon, N Space, SydneyAustralian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney  

 

1980  

Georges’ Prize, Melbourne

Alliance Francaise Fellowship Winners, Melbourne

On Paper, Survey 14, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne  

 

1979  

Still Life and Still Lives, travelling throughout Australia

Works on Paper, Watters Gallery, Sydney  

 

1978  

Still Life - Eight Women Realists, Victorian College of the Arts Gallery, Melbourne

Powell Street Gallery Artists at Cunningham-Ward, New York  

 

1977  

Illusion & Reality, International Exhibition, Australian State Galleries 

 

 

1975 

Georges’ Invitation Art Prize, Georges, Melbourne  

 

1974  

The Supernatural Natural Image,Geelong Art Gallery, McLelland Art Gallery and Ballarat Regional Gallery