A contemporary artist working across NSW and based in the Central West, Jenny Beach has lived between the remote outback, rural and regional centres, and the heart of the city – all at once. It is these differences and contradictions that shape her art practice.
Her qualifications and experience are varied. She is a Registered Nurse, has a Diploma in Interior Design, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Sydney Leadership Program. While she now places her practice firmly in painting, and more recently printmaking, she has also been involved in textiles and interior design. In 2014 she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School and now practices from her studio and gallery in Millthorpe, NSW.
Her work is focused on a dialogue between the figurative and abstraction, and somewhere along the way she always includes a conversation with he spiritual and the metaphorical. Her work oscillates between the macro and micro of natural forms and the landscape. Ask her who her mentors and teachers are, and she will talk about Old Masters such as Turner and Twombly, and the New Zealand artist Colin McCahon. You will hear of Euan McLeod, Elizabeth Cummings, Mikayla Dwyer and Martin King. Her all time favourites are West Australian Artist Howard Taylor, and Aboriginal Artist – Rover Thomas, who always brings a smile to her face! It is largely the commitment and process, and the way they lived their life and practices their profession that she will mention. .
She has a studio and gallery in the Old Bank of NSW building (circa 1902) in the historic Central West village of Millthorpe, and exhibits regularly across Eastern Australia. She has been commissioned to provide a collection of works for the DeRussi suites in Orange, to curate for charitable events, as a judge for exhibitions and awards, and to lead workshops at her studio, and across the remote parts of Australia.
2014 – BFA National Art School
Previous qualifications include: registered nurse, certificate and a diploma of interior design graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Graduate of Sydney leadership Program, many short courses.
Commissions (and interesting other)
2014 to today – numerous private commissions that now reside across Australia, and the UK
2019 – Workshops for Central West BIAG, and Millthorpe Village
2019 – Judge Cowra Biennial Art Awards
2014 – De Russi Suites Reception and foyer
2014 – Curator – NAB Camp Quality Art Exhibition and Auction
Permanent changing Exhibitions: Rosebank Gallery, Millthorpe
2019 – The Olde Bridge Gallery, Newbridge – Solo Printmaking exhibition
2017, 2018, 2019 – Blayney Textures of One
2016 – Window on the Wetlands at Warren – Solo exhibition (July and August)
2016 – Orange Regional Gallery ‘The 2800 Show’
2016 – Blayney Textures of One
2015 – Finalist Waltzing Matilda Art Show (Winton) ‘Images of the Outback’
2015 – Blayney Textures of One Exhibition – Awarded the Dean Mobbs prize for colourization
2015 – John Villiers Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Show
2014 – Graduate Show at the National Art School, Darlinghurst
2012 to 2014 – Group exhibitions in both drawing and painting at the National Art School
2014 – White Cliffs Underground Art Festival
2014 – NAB – Camp Quality Auction
2014 – Blayney Textures of One
2012 – White Cliffs Underground Art Festival
2004 – Group exhibitions in Orange (Artrageous)
Her works are held in Private collections in Australia and the UK.