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.
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
Not on display
© Jenny Watson
Shown in 4 exhibitions
- 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
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia 05 Jul 2017–02 Oct 2017
Referenced in 2 publications
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.