Jennifer Baird

Jennifer Baird

Canberra, ACT, Australia

About Jennifer Baird

I was born in a small town called West Wyalong in country NSW, Australia. I grew up in Wagga Wagga and moved to Sydney to study Design. I am a professional artist with over 20 years experience painting and selling my own artwork. I started my artistic journey at Bondi Markets in 1994. I sold my first artwork for $5, it was a small pastel sketch of a boy holding a surfboard. I almost fell over and it was all the encouragement I needed to keep going.
Over the years I have had several group and solo shows, been invoved with establishing two galleries in Sydney, two book covers and had my originals published as art prints. But it was the girl who bought that little pastel sketch that changed everything for me. My soul found what it was meant to be doing, my Ikigai.
I call Canberra home now with my family and menagerie of animals, it is a big messy life and I have a big messy studio to make my art in. Strangely enough I am producing very minimal paintings and collages. Responding to the Canberra landscape.

Education

1993. Bachelor of Design, UTS.

Events

The Exhibition Project, City Recital Hall. Sydney May - August 2019
The Other Art Fair, Sydney. October 26 - 29. 2017

Exhibitions

1996. Solo exhibition 'Noisy Water' Bondi. Pavilion Gallery, Bondi, Sydney.

1996 Solo exhibition 'Eight Canvases' Blue Turtle Studio. Newtown, Sydney.

1997 Solo exhibition 'Newtown Series' Blue Turtle Studio. Newtown, Sydney.

1999 Solo exhibition 'Blue Canvases' Blue Turtle Studio. Newtown, Sydney.

2003 Group exhibition 'Ocean and Earth' Culture Shop, Bronte, Sydney. With Ceramic artist Walter Auer.

2004 Solo exhibition 'Waters Edge' Glebe Healing Centre Glebe, Sydney.

2005 Solo exhibition 'Plastic Fantastic' MAD Gallery Enmore , Sydney.

2016 Group exhibition 'Landscape vs Urban' Brick Lane Gallery, London.

2016 Joint winner of the Sheridan Evans Art Award for artwork relating to Ocean Pools, for my lino print 'Pools of Sydney'.

2016 Shortlisted for the Brisbane Art Prize, for my work 'Unfolding'. Unfolded origami collage on canvas. Responding to the theme - the meaning of life.

2016 Part of the Open Mind Exhibition. Brunswick St Gallery. Melbourne. With my work 'Mahon Pool' responding to society's acceptance of people with mental illness and my own journey with bipolar.


2016 Part of the Traces exhibition Belconnen Arts Centre. Canberra. With my work 'My Table' exploring the theme of place.

2016 Finalist in The Colourtrap Gallery's 30 x 30cm competition. For my work 'Claireville', and the theme - a life lived in colour.

2016 Selected for the Artbox Projects Miami, part of the Miami Art Fair for my piece 'Sunrise'.

2017 Part of the 'Herstory' exhibition for International Womens Day. Smiths Alternative Gallery, Canberra.

2017 Finalist in 'Now' the Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize with my work 'Sunrise.

2017 Finalist in the Waverley Art Prize for my lino print 'George Baldessin meets Andy Warhol 2/4 and winning a Highly Commended in the Print Category, Judges were Archibald winner Wendy Sharp and gallery owner William Sturrock.

2017 Finalist in the Brisbane Art Prize. For my work 'It's all in the Cookie' a fortune cookie paper construction, responding to the theme-the meaning of life.

2018 Group Exhibition, 'This Moment' Noir Darkroom Gallery. Coburg, Melbourne.

2018 Solo Exhibition 'Here and There' Stirato Gallery, Canberra.

2018 Group exhibition 'Field of Vision' Stirato Gallery, Canberra.

2018 Finalist in the Waverley Art Prize. For my lino print Shangri-La Bondi 6/100.

2019 The Exhibition Project, City Recital Hall. Group Show.

2019 Finalist in the Haven Art Prize, part of the Seechange Festival, Jervis Bay. For my mixed media work, ‘Hyams Beach Horizon’