Jenni Mitchell

Jenni Mitchell

  • Artist’s Statement

    Lifelong connection with the Eltham landscape, born 1955 Eltham. Elected by the community as a Councillor for Shire of Eltham. Strong connections with Montsalvat and other Eltham artists. Had own studio at Montsalvat and painting school.

  • Biography

    Jenni Mitchell grew up in Eltham and has been actively involved in the region for most of her life. She was elected by the community to serve as a Shire Councilor and has been a leader in local conservation and cultural issues within the region.

    She began painting aged ten with private lessons from Leslie Sinclair at the artist colony Montsalvat in Eltham, later attending Phillip Institute (RMIT) with majors in painting and printmaking under Betty Churcher, Peter Booth and Brian Seidel. Further studies include a diploma of Professional Writing and Editing from NMIT and later a Master of Visual Arts  (MVA) Monash University.

    Always a traveler and seeker of wild places to paint and photograph, she has worked throughout the inland regions of Australia with frequent trips to the Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre, Tibooburra, Wimmera and the Western District. The Mt. Macedon bushfires of 1983 were the subject of a major series of paintings and recording the destruction and regeneration of the bush over a number of years.

    Jenni has been travelling to the Polar Regions working as an artist-in-residence aboard ice-breaker vessels. She has worked in the Antarctic and the High Arctic Norway and painting the polar landscape and seas. 

    She works in a range of mediums including oil, watercolour, acrylic, gouache, printmaking, photography and silversmithing.

    Alongside the landscape work is her series of  ‘100 Australian Poets Portraits’. The portraits have been painted from life over a number of sitting and include: A. D. Hope, Les Murray, Judith Wright and Dorothy Porter. During 1996 she was artist-in-residence at Riversdale & Bundanon, (Arthur Boyd’s gift to the nation) on the Shoalhaven River NSW.

    Recent exhibitions include: ‘To the Ice: Images from the Antarctic’, Barn Gallery Montsalvat; ‘Fields Apart’, Adam Galleries Melbourne, ‘Poets Portraits’ at the La Trobe university. An exhibition of Australian Poets, ‘ Extraordinary People’ Queens Hall Parliament House, Victoria; ‘Antarctic Paintings’, New Parliament House, Canberra and Ice painting exhibitions at Hamilton Regional Gallery and Dickerson Gallery in Melbourne and ‘Desert, Ice and Poetry’ at Montsalvat.

    Most of my painting is completed on location. I search for the extra-ordinary in subject material. It maybe a landscape or a portrait of a person I find interesting. Much of my work is painted in the arid inland regions of Australia such as the Northern Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre in South Australia and more recently the Grampians in Victoria.   I look for the excitement of intense light, mood and the dramatic sculptural land forms in the landscape. It may appear as a hard horizon line  broken by distant vegetation ,a craggy rugged granite outcrop or in the detail of a stony  gibber plain, a crisp salt pan or a foggy night. In contrast  the melancholic beauty of a landscape reflected in a black waterhole, mist rising from the stillness of an early morning tidal river, or a pond with an unbroken surface.
    And then there is the Antarctic. To travel to the Antarctic on a working cargo ship is a painting trip of a lifetime. The images I have brought back in photography and painting were barely enough to capture the merest glimpse of this white wonderland place. I have much more work to do before I feel I have come anywhere near to understanding the experience. 

    Jenni has held numerous exhibitions throughout Australia, and has been included in many group exhibitions.  Her works are represented in public and private collections in Australia, and overseas, including USA, UK. and Japan.  
    She relocated from Eltham to Hamilton late 2016 with her husband Mervyn Hannan where they have recently completed a new painting studio, gallery and picture framing workshops. Jenni teaches painting and runs regular workshops in the landscape and from the property.

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Jenni Mitchell

Fog Lifting Over The Grampians
80 x 100 cm Oil on stretched canvas $3,000.00

Jenni Mitchell

Golden Plains Western District
92 x 114 cm Mixed media $2,000.00

Jenni Mitchell

Grampians Grasses
75 x 106 cm Oil on canvas $3,000.00