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
St Bathans Blue Snow Quilt

St Bathans Blue

Snow Quilt

Oil on Canvas
75 x 75cm
Oil on Board
123 x 63cm
The Ribs Of The Thing Racing The Rain

The Ribs Of The Thing

Racing The Rain

Oil on Board
60cm tondo
Oil on Canvas
60 x 60cm
Untethered Magic Hour

Untethered

Magic Hour

Oil on Canvas
120 x 95cm
Oil on Canvas
82 x 62cm
Lupins Heart Full

Lupins

Heart Full

Oil on Canvas
55 x 80cm
Oil on Canvas
122 x 122cm
Chasing Waterfalls Good News Travels Fast

Chasing Waterfalls

Good News Travels Fast

Oil on Canvas
72 x 113cm
Oil on Canvas
100 x 100cm
Aurora Australis Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

Aurora Australis

Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

Oil on Canvas
76 x 38cm
Oil on Canvas
72 x 56cm
Burnt Around The Edges Conversations In The Car

Burnt Around The Edges

Conversations In The Car

Oil on Canvas
102 x 76cm
Oil on Wood
40 x 40cm (framed)
Just A Moment Torview

Just A Moment

Torview

40 cm Tondo
Oil on Wood
Oil on Board
15.5 x 17cm oval
Back Block Story of a Homecoming

Back Block

Story of a Homecoming

Oil on Paper
70 x 40cm (framed)
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
Demi monde Rainshine

Demi monde

Rainshine

Oil on Board
120 x 25cm
Oil on Board
92 x 60cm framed
Big Sky Vantage Point

Big Sky

Vantage Point

Oil on Board
51 x 77cm framed
Oil on Canvas
60 x 60cm
Obscured Inheritance I

Obscured

Inheritance I

Oil on Board
60 x 60cm
Oil on Canvas
80 x 80cm
The Exit Plan I The Exit Plan II

The Exit Plan I

The Exit Plan II

Oil on Board
120 x 60cm
Oil on Board
120 x 25cm
Hushed Arrival

Hushed Arrival

Oil on Canvas
76 x 101cm
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