J u d i t h W h i t e
My recent work has continued the idea of energy within the natural environment, exploring the notion of the human body, both in the context of its external landscape – the natural environment – and its internal landscape – the world of humanity. Elements interact, collide or coalesce in space, time and human history. There is a sense of regeneration and change as human form and fragments of landscape merge and shift. The paintings are imbued with a sense of flow. They evoke the human connection to natural elements such as earth, land and sky, and to the inner emotional worlds of mind and matter.
Judith White studied at the National Art School in the early 1970s and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Fine Arts, through the University of Sydney in 1988.
She began her career working in conventional watercolour techniques, the main element of her process relying on fluid wash and transparency. Her interest in mixing media and working on large scale commissions has led to the inclusion of text, photographs, rice paper and photographic emulsion. Collaborative projects with photographer Michel Brouet have resulted in regional gallery exhibitions in Armidale and Maitland, where White also designed the Art Factory children’s activity area for the Riverstories exhibition project. In 2012, she was artist-in-residence at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, culminating in the exhibition, Perfusion, at the Maitland Regional Gallery.
Over the past 36 years, Judith has held regular solo exhibitions in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Nagoya, Japan while also participating in group shows at the S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, and regional galleries in Armidale, Maitland, Orange, Goulburn, Wollongong, Moree, Shoalhaven, Grafton and Dalby, Queensland. She founded and administered a private art school in Sydney from 1978 to 1988.
In 2012, White was the Artist-in-Residence for the Hunter Medical Research Institute and, in 2015, she was invited to conduct workshops in Helsinki Finland, for their national artists association. She has collaborated with photographer Michel Brouet and musician Rachel Scott in several performance projects culminating in The Painted Bach Project at the City of Perth Winter Arts Festival in 2016.
Among her numerous awards are the Mosman Art Prize, which she won twice, the Maitland Art Prize, the Margaret Fesq Memorial Award (twice) and the Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Prize. She has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Gallipoli Art Prize, the Paddington Art Prize, and the Fleurieu Peninsula Art Prize. Major commissions include the Olympic Co-ordination Authority, Walker Corporation, the Attorney General’s Department of New South Wales and the Hilton Hotel Sydney.
Her work is represented in public and private collections in Australia, Japan, the UK and New Zealand.
Judith White has been a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1987.