Jenny Rodgerson

Winner of the 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award for portrait painting, Jenny Rodgerson has always been drawn to capturing the human form in her work. Working from life, she uses the tonal contrasts between areas of light and shade as it falls across the body to create a powerful sense of volume and weight in her subjects. Rodgerson’s planular analysis of form is not new, but her conversation with it is. Its language begins with Paul Cezanne, crosses the English Channel and takes root in the Euston Road School, London, and eventually becomes institutionalised into the Slade School with William Coldstream, Claude Rogers and Uglow, whose students like members of a secret religious order, continued the practice sometimes against incredible resistance.

What Rodgerson brings to this century old dialogue is the vigour and excitement of rediscovery. Her airy blues, reds, violets and vibrant flesh tones are definitely not English, or even French, but they are very Australian. Its as if she has taken the sometimes stodgy London greys of Uglow to the beach. She is in fact casting a new light on an old practice, as well as bringing a gender balance to a genre where traditionally the favoured nude model has been female.

There is a sense of individual passion and history in these paintings.

Collections include: Badeley Pty Ltd; James Hardie Collection of Australian Fine Arts; Queensland State Library; My Business Pty Ltd; Rubicon Systems Australia Pty Ltd; Toowoonbay (Holdings) Pty Ltd and private collections in Australia.


Forthcoming solo exhibition mid 2018.



1967 Born Melbourne, Australia


1997 Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Victorian College of the Arts
1994 Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science Monash University
1987 Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne


2010 Passionate Proportion, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Recent Works, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond
2005 Recent Works, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond
2003 Searching for the White Lipped Dragon, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond
2001 Paintings and Sculpture, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Richmond
1999 Works on Paper, Roar Gallery, Fitzroy
1998 Paintings and Sculpture, Lyall Burton Gallery, Melbourne


2010 Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Winter Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
Bushfire Reflection, Charity Exhibition, Montsalvat, Eltham
Group Show, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
New Figuration, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Art Fair Exhibition, Montsalvat, Eltham
2007 Bodies and Minds, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
In House, Chapman and Bailey, Melbourne
2006 Melbourne Art Fair Exhibition, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
Eltham Invitation Art Award, Nillumbik Council, Montsalvat, Eltham,
2004 Mushroom Showcases, Nillumbik Shire Council Offices, Greensborough
2003 Nillumbik Art Award, Eltham
Darebin Latrobe Acquisitive Art Prize, Bundoora Homestead
2002 The A4 Refugee Project, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2001 Darebin Latrobe Acquisitive Art Prize, Bundoora Homestead
In 3D Out 3D, Sculpture Exhibition, Mira Galleries, Melbourne
2000 The Fleurieu Prize, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Swan Hill Print and Drawing Prize, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Swan Hill
1999 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Regional Gallery, Geelong
Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship, VCA Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts
Darebin Latrobe Acquisitive Art Prize, Bundoora Homestead
Nillumbik Art Award, Eltham Community Centre, Eltham
1998 Making a Spectacle of Ourselves, Eltham Library Community Gallery, Panther Place, Eltham
9 x 5 x 25, The Vic Walk Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria
1997 Nillumbik Art Award, Eltham Community Centre, Eltham
In Their Own Write, Melbourne University Library, Melbourne University
Student Union Art Prize Exhibition, VCA Gallery, Melbourne
The Mystery of Being, VCA Gallery, Melbourne


2008 Metro Arts and Culture, The Age, August 27, Robert Nelson.
2007 Mind that Body, It’s Alive, Herald Sun, May 21, Jeff Makin.
2005 Nudes are Made to Measure, Herald Sun, December 5, Jeff Makin.
2005 Lively Yet Spacially Challenged, The Age, December 3, Robert Nelson.
2003 Whippet Good, The Age February 5, Megan Backhouse.
2003 Visual Art, The Age, February 19, Robert Nelson.
2003 Exhibition:Whippet Good, Arts, Film and Theatre, Richmond News, January 28, PW.
2002 Artist in Residence, Nillumbik Shire Council and Parks Victoria, Boomerang House.
2001 Art Streams, March/April Issue, Between Swirl and Solid, Jenny Rodgerson’s Meditations on indeterminacy, Claire Renkin.
Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Development Grant, Visual Arts and Craft Fund.
1999 A Brush with Patterns, The Age, September 8, Peter Timms.
1998 Emerging Work, Leader Press, May 2, Peter Dougherty.


Badeley Pty Ltd
James Hardie Collection of Australian Fine Arts, Queensland State
My Business Pty Ltd
Rubicon Systems Australia Pty Ltd
Toowoonbay (Holdings) Pty Ltd
Private Collections