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Title

Wings of desire 2

1989


Artist

Jenny Watson

Australia

1951 -


About

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.


Details


Date

1989


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil, Indian pigments, haberdashery on Belgian linen


Dimensions

295.0 x 184.0 x 2.0 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Henry Salkauskas Art (Purchase) Award 1992


Location

Not on display


Accession number

233.1992


Artist information

Jenny Watson

Works in the collection

32


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.