Jennie DE GROOT

Jennie DE GROOT

Jennie's paintings are a place where reality, imagination and memory all have equal tenancy.  She works from a studio in semi-rural Ngahinapouri, Waikato.

Whilst she is particularly moved and influenced by the natural landscape, Jennie seeks a personal interpretation of it rather than a replication of it. By painting on location, her relationship with nature is strengthened and she gains deeper insights. These field studies, painted en plein air, are an emotional response to the landscape. From these studies, Jennie develops larger studio works, which go beyond the spontaneity of the plein air pieces to elaborate on those deeper connections.  Of greatest concern is capturing the spirit of the landscape.

I am interested in the tension between suggestion and representation.  I focus on being inventive with my application of paint and experimenting with my material.  The painting process has to be fresh and interesting for my own sanity. I use oils and let paint drip, build up layers, scrape back, flick it around and use my tools to create marks that remain in the finished painting.

Jennie De Groot was born in England (1968) but raised in Africa.  Her peaceful and contemplative landscapes capture the essence of the landscape without claiming any geographical co-ordinates. Journey is a recurring theme in Jennie’s painting process and finished works.  Connection and isolation are themes that she regularly addresses
 
Through her experimental use of un-painterly tools and traditional paint, she creates both landscape of great tranquility and portraits of disturbing disquiet. Experimentation with mediums and tools is central to her practice and continued exploration of subject matter.
 
A Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from the University Of Cape Town was her introduction to the narrative within the landscape. After an initial life in Africa, a second life in New Zealand has seen her place emphasis on landscape painting as a means to establishing roots and creating meaningful connection with Aotearoa.
 
She exhibits annually and has work in the collection of the University of Waikato and the Te Awamutu Museum. Her works are held in private collections worldwide.
 
 
 

Jennie DE GROOT's Work

Green Quilt Whispers In Between

Green Quilt

Whispers In Between

Oil on Canvas
100 x 50cm
Oil on Board
80cm tondo
Snow Quilt Untethered

Snow Quilt

Untethered

Oil on Board
123 x 63cm
Oil on Canvas
120 x 95cm
Lupins Magic Hour

Lupins

Magic Hour

Oil on Canvas
55 x 80cm
Oil on Canvas
82 x 62cm
Heart Full Good News Travels Fast

Heart Full

Good News Travels Fast

Oil on Canvas
122 x 122cm
Oil on Canvas
100 x 100cm
Good Fences Make Good Neighbours Just A Moment

Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

Just A Moment

Oil on Canvas
72 x 56cm
40 cm Tondo
Oil on Wood
Torview Story of a Homecoming

Torview

Story of a Homecoming

Oil on Board
15.5 x 17cm oval
Oil on Board
123 x 63cm
Signs of Light Haven

Signs of Light

Haven

Oil on Board
122 x 62cm
Oil  on Canvas
64 x 34cm
Patched Storm Chase

Patched

Storm Chase

Oil on Board
15.5cm tondo
Oil on Canvas
80 x 42cm
Landshaped I Cold Comfort

Landshaped I

Cold Comfort

Oil on Canvas
34cm x 34cm
Oil on Canvas
34 x 34cm
Big Sky Obscured

Big Sky

Obscured

Oil on Board
51 x 77cm framed
Oil on Board
60 x 60cm
Inheritance I The Exit Plan I

Inheritance I

The Exit Plan I

Oil on Canvas
80 x 80cm
Oil on Board
120 x 60cm
The Exit Plan II Hushed Arrival

The Exit Plan II

Hushed Arrival

Oil on Board
120 x 25cm
Oil on Canvas
76 x 101cm
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