After the garden party

Jennifer Paull studied drawing at RMIT in the early 1960s and oil painting with Max Casey, a follower of Max Meldrum’s theories on tonal realism. This basic grounding in the observation of tone and shape strongly influenced the development of her painting style and the early floral studies and still life painting for which she became well known.

Paull began exhibiting in the early 1980s and has since exhibited widely in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and New York. Her painting practice encompasses portraiture, figure studies and landscapes and in recent years has included an exploration of the versatility and vibrancy of the pastel medium. Paull’s interest in colour and light permeates the two works, Lunchbreak! and After the Garden Party (1990), and reflect her perception and early training in tone and tonal relationships. Both works depict personal scenes from the artist’s life in north-eastern Victoria where she is based.

Paull is a member of the Victorian Artists’ Society and has won numerous prizes and awards including the prestigious Norman Kay Medallion in 1994, the Tom Roberts Award and the Waverley Art Prize. Her work is held in corporate and private collections in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Sweden Canada, the United Kingdom and the USA.