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Jeanette Korduba

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    Jeanette Korduba A.R.A.S. – I paint in the tonal impressionist style in oils and specialise in still life and portraiture.

    I began art as a landscape painter but came to enjoy studio work, as it fosters the opportunity to experiment with different media and subject matter. After my first self-portrait was selected as a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize, I was inspired to explore portraiture. I am drawn to paint subjects who have a personal impact on me - whether admiration for their work, or an emotional connection. My objective is to strive for creative authenticity, but it is sometimes difficult to divest myself of the influence of the wonderful artists I have studied over the years.

     

    At the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, in 2003, I was amazed by an exhibition called “ Rare Trades”, showing highly skilled people engaged in the art of making things. These skills are lost except to a handful of people, and the exhibition honoured the deep and irresistible urge to make things by hand, in stark contrast to our present, inescapably digital age.

     

    As an artist I immediately related to this exhibition, and I am driven to paint subjects engaged in their work. Examples of these portraits are Professor Colin Sullivan, creating his revolutionary breathing apparatus to cure sleep apnea; and Dr Maija Kohonen-Corish at her gene machines and test tubes, researching cures for cancers. It has been rewarding to be selected a number of times as a finalist in Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize.

    I have participated in group exhibitions in Sydney since 1994 including several exhibitions at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales. I have been commissioned to paint life size figurative works and many portraits.