Jody Hope Gibbons
Jody Hope Gibbons
Jody Hope Gibbons is a contemporary New Zealand painter with works held in private collections here and throughout the world.
She has spent a considerable amount of time being privately tutored and has completed several Mastery Contemporary Painting courses in Auckland. She has been published in 'New Zealand's Favourite Artists' Volume 2, plus has been featured in lifestyle publications such as 'NZ Life and Leisure' magazine and 'Next' magazine.
Jody Hope Gibbons is clear that her practice is materials based where the research occurs through the actual exploration of the materials; it pushes the boundaries of traditional painting practice and techniques by continuing to exploit the use of paint, stains, rust, inks, leaf and varnish.
The actual application of the mediums and the natural reactions of these products is where the work is made; when working within the moment.
The alchemy found within some works make them evocative and ethereal and seemingly organic with the fluidity of the marks. Subtle works that could be quite easily overlooked, are upon closer inspection, about light, depth, tone space and joyous layers.
Jody puts on canvas layers of paint that are fluid, instinctive and revealing yet also concealing. Hope describes the finished artwork as being the magic of painting in the moment, as a result of the continuous instinctive decisions a painter has to make as to what to keep and what to discard. Paring back is essential. She creates works that take you away from realism and where chaos resides just beneath the surface.
The revelations of these moments become the driving force of her practice and the element of chance in the making becomes the idea behind the work.
This new freedom is also seen in the more gestural movements and instinctive mark making but always underpinned by the natural tendency and need to put in order and composition and control – a response that is not always welcome.
Qualifications & Awards
2013 Winner ILT ART AWARDS Southland Art Society
2013 Winner of a Contemporary Art Award, Corbans Art Estate
2010 Signature Art Awards Finalist , NZ Art Show Wellington
2007 Winner Provincial Pride Art Awards: "Exploration in Contemporary Techniques Award"
2005 Mastery Programme 2005 Advanced Mixed Media Painting
2001 Rutherford College (Certificate of Visual Arts)
1998-2005 Various Arts Programmes incl ASA & Artstation