People in Pastel 34 Years On – Jeanette Cook

The Residency Arts Program is proud to present People in Pastel 34 Years On, an exhibition of portraits by Alice Springs artist Jeanette Cook

In 1982, Jeanette Cook held her first solo exhibition, at The Residency. Titled People in Pastel, the exhibition included portraits of twenty four local pioneering identities and characters including Amelia Kunoth, Daisy Underdown, Alfred Traeger, Nanna Costello, Albert Namatjira and Tony Greatorex. People in Pastel was opened by ‘Uncle’ Ly Underdown who noted in his speech that Jeanette’s work summarized ‘’the foundation and backbone of Central Australia over the years.’’

In his review of the exhibition, Alan Wauchope wrote ‘Jeanette’s people in pastel are robust, vividly alive, and completely evocative of the way of life so many of them represent, as Territorians and contributors to our unique ethos… Almost without exception the pictures… gave to me not only personal memories, but reminders of plans, aspirations and deeds by all sorts of people who, whatever their station in life…contributed something towards the improvement of the Territory as a whole’
(Centralian Advocate 29/10/1982)

Archival material from the 1982 exhibition including photographs and newspaper clippings will be displayed along-side the new series of portraits. People in Pastel 34 Years On will highlight and honour another group of unique local identities and friends including Iain Campbell, Dick Kimber, Myrtle Noske, Chris Turner, Wayne Kraft and Pat Miller, and it is fitting that The Residency is once again the venue for Jeanette’s tribute.

Jeanette arrived in Alice Springs 1975. Her interests in art and theatre saw her get involved with the Totem Theatre and the Central Australian Art Society where she served as President for four years. A talented portrait painter, Jeanette created artworks for Ted Eagan’s early cassette covers and one of his books. Jeanette worked at the Araluen Arts Centre box office and reception for sixteen years before retiring. She attributes her love for the Central Australian landscape to her early childhood, growing up on remote bush stations when her Dad worked as a ringer after the war. Jeanette has spent the last 12 months working towards this exhibition.

Opening: Saturday 12 December, 4pm
Exhibition Dates: 12 Dec 2015 – 11 April 2016

NB – The Residency will be closed for Christmas / New Year from 21 Dec to 1 Feb 2016

Copyright Jeanette Cook
12 December11 April 2016
The Residency
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