Artists that are drawn to the secluded reaches of Pittwater’s western shores develop a special relationship with that unique natural environment, as they work surrounded by the water and the bush. The interaction between the natural and cultural landscape infuses their work with its colours and light, and with the spirit of place.
For over three decades international artist Jenny Franklin (b.1949) has painted from her studio at Elvina Bay on the edge of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Her works on paper and paintings, informed by imaginative notions of biological and primeval beginnings, evoke this unique region which has had a profound effect on her artistic practice.
Manly Art Gallery & Museum is delighted to present this online exhibition of her work, bringing together a selection of pivotal paintings from 1994 – 2016.
The original plan, of course, was to stage this exhibition in the gallery to celebrate Franklin’s enduring relationship with our region. Imagine, at the very centre of the gallery, Franklin’s 10-metre multi-panelled work, Origins, Fossil World (pages 5-6), with the smaller watercolour paintings from the Ancient Earth Series completing the picture of her observations of the landscape around Pittwater. However due to travel restrictions brought about by COVID-19, we have re-imagined the exhibition in this digital format, accessible globally for you to enjoy wherever you are.