At the age of 52, Jenny Sages turned to full time art making. She had previously worked in commercial art as a freelance writer and illustrator, but the conversion to serious art was both sudden and total. Jenny has been hung in the Archibald 14 times as well as the Blake and Dobell Prizes. She won the Wynny Prize in 2005.
Born of Russian Jewish background in Shanghai the family emigrated to Australia in 1948. Jenny cannot remember a time when she wanted to do anything but paint. The paintings of Jenny Sages are unlike those of anybody else. She is the quiet achiever of the Australian art scene.
Jenny is a master painter who in her work celebrates a sense of visual intelligence. Her paintings are quiet and perhaps understated and have the quality of enormous presence, a presence that is not established through scale or simple gimmicks. "I have walked this country for 20 years - what happens in the paintings is what I feel and I am reinventing myself every time I face the canvas".
Image: 'My Jack' Courtesy of the artist
Text from Australian Art Review by Sasha Grishin
Represented By: King Street Gallery on William, Darlinghurst, Sydney