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An image of Wings of desire 2 by Jenny Watson

Jenny Watson

(Australia 1951 – )

Wings of desire 2
Media category
Materials used
oil, Indian pigments, haberdashery on Belgian linen

295.0 x 184.0 x 2.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Henry Salkauskas Art (Purchase) Award 1992
Accession number
© Jenny Watson
Not on display
Further information

In her own words, Jenny Watson’s paintings are ‘urgent passionate spare necessary psychological simple’. The urgency comes from her desire to explore imagery drawn from interior demands, fears and fantasies and Watson paints in an
expressive faux-naïve way to spin modern tales of the self.

The title 'Wings of desire' refers to a 1987 Wim Wenders film about unseen angels above a divided city who are privy to human dramas. The film is an upbeat parable set in the soon-to-be unified Berlin, though in Watson’s painting the winged angel could be the artist herself, experiencing desire and yearning for experience like the angels in Wenders’s film, separated from human life.

Bibliography (2)

George Alexander, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Popism and screen culture', pg.204-245, Sydney, 2006, 242, 243 (colour illus.).

Melissa Keys, Heavenly creatures, 'Heavenly Creatures', pg. 4-10, Bulleen, 2004, 8, 29 (colour illus.), 31.

Exhibition history (3)

Jenny Watson, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, 19 Jul 1989–05 Aug 1989

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995

Heavenly creatures, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 04 Dec 2004–20 Jan 2005