Jennifer Chalklen is a self taught Contemporary Realist Artist from New Zealand, who began oil painting in Jakarta, and is currently based in Singapore. Primarilly working in oil on canvas, she also experiments with mixed media and limited edition light sculptures.
With my paintbrush I summon an invisible world into existence through visceral gentle brushstrokes stemming from an emotion that I am trying to place. My works ask more questions than they provide answers, hypnotic and quiet, the muted tones flickering between the real an the surreal, the seen and the felt, the layers of consciousness that eventually dissolve in the light. I paint the invisible spaces between us, the places we meet each other. the shared space and experience that is created by two people and how that space is occupied in physical and metaphysical form.
I observe the intricacies of the female experience and femininity, the connections between people, our subconscious, and articulating a visual response to the life force that binds us together, and our connection to the outside world. Light as a force is beautiful and delicate, soft, and strong. I attempt to capture in my work is the constant, unwavering variable in my existence. This is the place where I paint from, in this life which feels like perpetual transit, it has become a place to rest, a home.
Jennifer's works are exhibited internationally and held in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Singapore and Indonesia
Jennifer is a full time artist has mainly been working on commissions and personal work in recently, but since the beginning of 2019 she was featured on the cover of 'The New Zealand Artist Magazine' and has gained representation by;
The Artist's Room - New Zealand
The Art Lounge - New Zealand
2015 Charity Auction Group Show
2015 Group Show 'Fellowship' Indonesia Culture and Heritage Society, Jakarta, Indonesia
2015 Solo show 'Changeling' at Koi Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia.
2015 Group Show Affordable Art Show Singapore
2016 NPE Artist Residency 3 months (july-sep 2016)
2016 'Violet' Solo show with Ludo Gallery at Singapore Visual Arts Centre
Feature articles in;
'Now Jakarta' March 2015
'What's New Jakarta' March 2015
'Barking Dog' October 2016
'Art Republik' Sep-Nov 2016
ANZA Magazine - Art edition 2018
The New Zealand Artist magazine 2019 (featured artwork on cover)