Jacqueline Balassa is a Sydney based painter and printmaker. She works in the mediums of graphite pencil drawing, oil painting, gouache painting and etching.
Jacqueliine's drawings, paintings and etchings are records of her visual and emotional responses to spending time in and observing closely the Australian and international landscapes, including wilderness areas, the Sydney Harbour foreshore and her urban native garden. She begins with detailed pencil drawings and notes about colour and light completed on site, then uses these to build up the paintings and etchings in her studio.
She has an enduring love of the calm beauty and “magical” quality of early Renaissance Italian painting by artists such as Giotto and Duccio. To her these paintings seem delicately balanced between the real world of observation and the inner world of the imagination, and she aims to achieve this feeling in her own work. The way light is depicted in these paintings, the sense of form, the use of patterning, and colour and the flattened pictorial space are some of the elements that inform her contemporary practice.
Her melding of an ancient European tradition and her close observation of the environment results in a unique visual language that expresses her interpretation of place.
Her most recent work is an exciting new development. It follows a stay at Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) in China and subsequent study of traditional Chinese Mountain Painting. This experience has expanded and enriched her artistic language. Her very personal integration of Chinese and European painting traditions has resulted in a unique and fresh interpretation of this iconic landscape. Jacqueline is also extending this approach to her depiction of other places that engage her.
Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Fine Art (painting), a Master of Art (painting) and a Master of Fine Art all from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia. In addition she studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze and privately with Christian Snyders, also in Florence.
Jacqueline is represented by Art Atrium Gallery in Sydney. She has also exhibited in Sydney at Robin Gibson Gallery, in Hong Kong and in Canberra with Solander Gallery as well as guesting at a number of other galleries, including NG Art and Delmar Gallery, both in Sydney. Her work is in the collections of the Alumni Association UNSW College of Fine Arts, National Westminster Bank Sydney and Crown Casino, Melbourne, as well as in numerous private collections.
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