Josefia Lemon

J o s e f i a   L e m o n

Tranquillity, Cremorne

Initially, I was drawn to painting watercolour landscapes. There is a special alchemy that can take place when the transparency of paint pigments on paper evokes a sense of natural light and captures a fleeting moment or mood. My inspiration comes from my natural surroundings in inner-city Sydney, usually harbour views and rural landscapes encountered on my trips. An important aspect of my watercolour landscapes is an endeavour to capture and impart a sense of serenity.

Over time, I have broadened my passion to include portraiture and figurative work in oils. Here, my focus is on using composition to contribute to a narrative, that is, to tell a story. I choose every aspect of the painting, creating my own settings, moods and colours to suit the particular story I have in mind. Recently, a judge commented about a work, “An excellent narrative, communicated through composition, light and psychological impact.”

Born in Indonesia, Josefia Lemon emigrated to Australia in 1979. In the early 1990s, her first workshop at the Mitchell School of Creative Arts was instrumental in her decision to pursue a new career in art. After enrolling at the Julian Ashton Art School in 1996, she was awarded the Thea Proctor Scholarship and completed a Diploma of Fine Art in 1999.

Lemon has won over 45 art awards, most recently First Prize in Miniature at the 2013 Sydney Royal Arts and Crafts Show. She was a finalist in the 2006 Berkelouw Portrait Prize, the 2005 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards and the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

In addition to her annual participation in the Australian Watercolour Institute’s exhibitions, she has exhibited with the AWI in the Grand Festival of Asian Watercolor Painting, Busan Biennale, Korea, in 2008 and 2010; the IX Watercolor International Biennial, Mexico in 2010-2011; and Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition, Taichung City, Taiwan, and Mosman Art Gallery Sydney 2012-2013.

Her work is represented in collections including the War Widows’ Guild of Australia, New South Wales, the Mosman Council Art Collection, Singleton Council Civic Art Collection, the Ford Land Company and in private collections.

Josefia Lemon was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2004 and is currently serving on the AWI Executive Committee. She has also been a member of Portrait Artists Australia since 2002.

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