AUD $ 3,100
Acrylic on Belgian linen
102cm H x 102cm W x 4.5cm D
Framed in raw Tasmanian oak float frame
In August 2018 Jasmine Mansbridge travelled to Beijing to paint a series of commissioned murals and took along a set of boards to paint every day. These artworks resulted in her 2019 solo exhibition Diamonds on My Mind.
“These works are the result the impression that staying and working in Beijing left on me. The title of this exhibition Diamonds on My Mind is shared by a song stuck in my head long ago, a reminder that no matter where you are or what you are faced with, you can always choose to ‘see diamonds’. Seeking ordinary beauty is something I challenge myself to do often. There is beauty to be found in shifts of light, beauty in falling shadows and unusual angles. There is beauty in the curious, and beauty in the banal, the ugly and the industrial.
“The palette of Beijing is largely an array of grey tones, dull tones really, but contrasted with washed-up pink, dirty yellow and faded maroon; the forest green of trees vivid against the grey, grey, grey. I took lots of photos and some of these photos, along with the studies, have become this body of work. I enjoyed using these references in my paintings over my usual subject matter which is generally purely imaginative and not usually derived from anything tangible.
“I arrived at my hotel in Beijing late at night, feeling far away from family and out of my comfort zone. When I awoke the next morning and went downstairs and outside, across the road was the Diamond School. The words of the above mentioned song flooded my mind and I was overwhelmed with peace and gratitude, and the reminder to keep a diamond on my mind. A little sign I was in the right place at the right time.”
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