100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Jennifer Baird.  Title: “Blinky Bill  – chalk pastel on acid-free paper

Living with Koalas artist Jennifer Baird

Jennifer BAIRD 

Artist based in Canberra (ACT, Australia)

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: “Blinky Bill.

Size: 29cm x 42cm   Medium: chalk pastel on acid-free paper.

“This reminds me of the toy koala given to me when I was 7.  When I got him I cried. I named him Blinky Bill and he travelled everywhere with me. I still have him today, a little bit worse for wear.” Jennifer Baird  

I was born in West Wyalong, country NSW, Australia. I call Canberra home these days, a big messy life with my family and menagerie. It has four beautiful seasons which I love, my favourite is the Winter and my beloved ocean is a short 2 hours away at the South Coast of NSW.  My first memories are of New Guinea, where Dad worked for a few years; we were in the highlands, a remote and beautiful part of the world, where the locals sold vegetables at the markets. …. from there to Wagga Wagga (regional NSW) and aged 18  I left for Sydney to start my Bachelor of Design at UTS… My artwork has evolved dramatically over the years. Mostly on A2 paper, and canvas I use gouache, acrylic, pastel, collage, lino printing, plastic bags and more recently have adventured into oil paint, and have returned to my love of screen printing at Megalo Print Studio, in Canberra. 

I held my first solo exhibition in 1996 at Bondi Pavilion and over the past twenty five years have exhibited regularly in group and solo shows. I’ve been involved with establishing two galleries in Sydney, had work published as art prints and two book covers. I’ve painted many commissions, from people’s houses, wives, views, wedding invitations, council Christmas cards and café menus.

In 2016 my lino print ‘Pools of Sydney’ was the joint winner of the inaugural Sheridan Evans Art Award for artwork relating to Ocean Pools. In 2017 my hand coloured lino print ‘George Baldessin meets Andy Warhol 2/4 won a highly commended in the print section of the Waverley Art Prize. 


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Living with Koalas 100 artworks