100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Jessica WATTS.    Title: ‘Hold Tight’   – oil & mixed media

Living with Koalas artist Jessica Watts

Jessica WATTS

Artist based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Jessica Watts paints a feminine ecosystem.

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘ Hold Tight ‘

Size: W 75cm x H 80cm | Medium: oil and mixed media on panel

‘Hold Tight’ is a celebration of our native bushland and a reminder of the vulnerability of the koala. The focus is on the Feminine and the message is one of nurturing and protection – Jessica Watts

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.

In 2017 Jessica Watts  teamed up with Tokyo art dealer Rocky Degawa and has staged several successful solo shows at the prestigious Bunkamura Gallery in Tokyo and throughout Japan. She has been involved in several group shows in across Europe and Asia. Jessica is represented by Sydney Road Gallery in Sydney, Obsession Gallery in Tokyo and Eclectic Gallery in London. Her work is held in private collections across the world.

Living with Koalas 100 artworks