The Valley, (detail) oil on board (89 x 69 cms), 2014 (View from Saint Paul de Vence).

"Places" - an exhibition of paintings by Jill Kempson

Jill Kempson’s up coming exhibition combines works inspired from journeys to France and Japan and is presented by Chrysalis Gallery.

29 April to 13 May 2014

Official opening on Tuesday 29 April, 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Villa Fontaine (Antibes, France)


Between April and June 2013 Jill was artist in residence at ‘Villa Fontaine’ Antibes, France. This historic villa is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mediterranean. International artists are invited on behalf of the Antibes Town Council to spend time in this exceptionally beautiful region of the world. Each artist donates a work created during the residency to the Council – the work then becomes part of the Antibes Council’s Permanent Collection.

Highly respected French curator, writer and researcher Partrick Le Chanu writes

“Jill Kempson is an artist who transcends the succession of styles and art genres. A key reason for this is Jill’s continuation of the artistic tradition of the Grand Tour. Thanks to her travels and her studies of the old masters, she has been able to assimilate, then go beyond, the ‘models’, while developing her own vision and style.”

“Among Jill’s most striking paintings are her scenes depicting a natural world seemingly untouched by human intervention. These images of nature are sometimes peaceful, sometimes tormented, but there is still a harmony in the contrasting forces….In the different subjects she chooses, the numerous viewpoints adopted and formats used, Jill Kempson explores the landscape in all in perspectives.”

Patrick + Karen Le Chanu - ‘Jill Kempson’s Oeuvre Landscape in Perspective’

Patrick has been a curator of French Museums for more than 20 years, including twelve years at the Centre for Research and Restoration for French museums, located at the Musee du Louvre.


“Over the last twenty-five years Jill Kempson has forged a practice that features a dialogue across time, as well as across continents. Her work emerges as a meditation upon place taking in different locations, a refining of simple landscape elements – ground, sky, water and vegetation.” excerpt from an essay by Nyanda Smith - Jill Kempson - place, time, connection.

The uniqueness of the Japanese urban and natural environment offered compelling stimulus for new concepts to be explored in Jill’s work. With her unwavering fascination with light and atmospheres, Jill has painted a series of alluring night-time urbanscapes depicting scenes ranging from steamy restaurants in Kyoto to the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Contrasting these smaller intimate works, she has also painted large works featuring the mountainous regions of Japan with their serene and timeless beauty.

Mountains and Mist, oil on canvas (88 x 108 cms), 2012

About the artist

Art Critic, Sahsa Grishim wrote in the Canberra Times in reference to the small series of nighttime paintings of Tokyo and Kyoto of the strength“ in the small genre scenes, including House of Geisha, Shinjuku and Arashiyama I. Here, her love of colour, passion for observation and her technical refinement are all successfully brought together.”

For further information and to view the full exhibition catalogue online now Click here

To view Jill’s complete CV please click here.

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