Jessica Watts received a Bachelor of Design with Honours and the University Medal from the University of Technology Sydney before a long career working as a multi-award winning advertising art director, including working for over a decade in New York. She has been a full time artist since 2010 and has exhibited extensively in Australia and abroad. She currently works from her studio located in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, in the company of her super macho dog Kevin.
Jessica Watts paints a feminine ecosystem. In her acclaimed series of work ‘Wallflower’, she revives vintage wallpaper – a traditional symbol of domesticity – and gives it a modern voice.
Watts’ work originates with a question: is a Wallflower one who shrinks into the background to become invisible, or is she emerging from the wall, opening, blossoming, divulging her secrets?
The artist investigates Femininity by stripping away the male gaze. Watts’ women are strong, solo, self-possessed and inextricably linked to nature. They are proof that pretty can be powerful.