Judith White’s paintings explore the changing conditions particular to the Australian landscape. They invoke fragments of the physical and visual experience of the organic world and, through these, the continuum of natural forces that propel the environment but often escape human notice. Layers of pigment and collage create richly textured works of luminous colours and shapes, reflecting the chaos and energy within nature. The moving water of rivers, estuaries and streams also forms an important symbol in her work, evoking the passing of time. More recently, Judith has incorporated figures into her landscapes, revealing not only the physical, but also the spiritual connection between man and the natural world. A sense of regeneration and transition is evident as human form and fragments of landscape merge and shift. By drawing us into her landscapes, Judith encourages us to contemplate the grand forces of nature that underscore all living things and the fragility of our own place in the natural order.
Judith was born in Sydney and has been exhibiting for more than thirty years in Australia and Japan. She trained at the National Art School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree through Sydney University. Judith has been awarded many prizes during her career including the Mosman Art Prize twice, the Magaret Fesq Memorial Art Prize twice, the Manly Art Prize, the Maitland Art Prize and, in 2004, the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize. She has completed numerous commissions including a major public work for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
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