The Australian visual artist who counts pop stars Pink and Bryan Adams among her fans, Jodee Knowles, follows her recent back-to-back sell-out Sydney shows with the exhibition Chimera, showing exclusively at Showcase Gallery in October.
Knowles’s success in Sydney follows that in her hometown of Perth, and in Los Angeles where she was discovered by Pink, who went on to feature four of Knowles’s works in the film clip for the music chart hit ‘Please Don’t Leave Me’.
Knowles’s exhibition at Showcase Gallery comes at a significant time in her career, as she prepares to cross over from emerging artist to international acclaim with a planned move to Los Angeles later this year. One of her first projects in LA is to work with film star Harrison Ford’s son, Malcolm Ford, on a combined music and art exhibition.
She also has shows scheduled in Italy and Hungary, as well as a book to be released in 2012.
Knowles’s artwork is heavily based on the human condition and the passing of time, and on the emotional states of mind that make or break a happy existence.
The ten pieces in Chimera feature all the hallmarks of the artist’s work – big, melancholy-filled eyes on female forms with a tortured innocence – combined with the elements of fantasy behind the hybrid ‘Chimera’ animal of Greek mythology.
Audiences familiar with Knowles’s work will notice an interesting change in her characters.
The artist explains: “The characters are evolving; there is more use of the body and colour here instead of just the face. There is still sadness in the characters but the use of strong colour and patterns mean that from far back they look really pretty. It’s when you get close up that you see they are actually quite dark and thoughtful.”
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Jess W Xx