Jenny Rodgerson

Winner of the 2018 Percival Portrait Painting Prize. 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 June 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


2018 Solo exhibition, James Makin Gallery (Forthcoming, June)

2015 New works, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2012 Shadows and Reflections, James Makin Gallery, 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


2012 Summertime Salon, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Erotica, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2010 Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

  1. 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


2018 Winner. Percival Portrait Painting Prize.

2016 Winner. Portia Geach Prize for Portrait Painting

2010 “Two Views of Women of an Indeterminate Age” The Age, July 21, Robert Nelson

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 Spatially 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 Library

My Business Pty Ltd

Rubicon Systems Australia Pty Ltd

Toowoonbay (Holdings) Pty Ltd

Whitbread Associates Pty Ltd

Private Collections