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Laura Jones' upcoming exhibition features a series of paintings and sculptures depicting the life and death of the Great Barrier Reef.
Read the full article on Broadsheet Sydney's website here.
March 20, 2017
Opening reception: Date TBC
Exhibition:17 May - 4 June 2017
OLSEN Gallery is pleased to present "Bleached," - new work by the Sydney-based, Australian painter Laura Jones.
With a series that is both timely and bittersweet, Laura Jones will bring the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney in May. Her second solo exhibition with OLSEN is an homage to the vast coral gardens Australians hold so dear. Known as one of Australia's most renowned floral still life painters, Jones' practice has dramatically shifted to life under the sea, after completing two residencies at Lizard and Heron Island this year. The artist's unique eye translates beautifully to painting the colours and textures of these precious underwater landscapes in the north. The show, titled "Bleached", looks at the impact of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, drawing attention to the damage that has already been done, and inspires conversation about what we can do to save it.
2 March 2017
Best known in recent years for her distinctive flower paintings, this year Sydney artist Laura Jones explores emotive new territory.
With an urge to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef's devastating mass bleaching event of 2016, Laura sought out a residency on Lizard Island, and then more recently on Heron Island. Painting in close proximity to the reef, and meeting the dedicated scientists who study it, has inspired a spectacular new series of paintings for Laura.
We talked with Laura ahead of her upcoming exhibition ‘Bleached‘ at Olsen Gallery in Sydney, opening mid-May.
30 December 2016
The artist says her undeniably sad portraits of bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef are about resilience: ‘It’s not a fragile delicate flower … it’s so important to be optimistic and do what we can to protect it’