A happy story from 2017’s Jackson’s Open Painting Prize is Anna Jefferson’s, who after a 15 year break from painting had her painting ‘Child and Cat’ recognised in the Jackson’s Painting Prize longlist. The work – one of very few that she has created since picking up the paintbrush again – is striking thanks to the sophisticated handling of the paint which is laid on in an array of different ways – thin washes against thick impasto scumbles; passages of transparent luminosity against bold opaque hues (‘Girl and Cockatiel’ below is another recent work, the rest of the images in this post are over 10 years old). Jefferson’s use of colour is alluring; the figures in shades of white, yellow and grey against a boldly coloured background of reds blues and greens. The emotional intensity and painterliness of Bonnard lives on.
Lisa: Can you tell us your artistic background – did you go to art school and how long have you been painting?
(NB: sold 15 years ago, only available photograph)
Anna: I am setting up a website, initially showing mostly older works, including collections where some are held. To this I hope to add as I go.
Header Image: ‘Child and Cat’ by Anna Jefferson, Oil on canvas, 105cm x 105cm