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  • ABOUT

    Jess Mara is an Adelaide based Visual Artist. She is a painter/ installation artist with a strong focus on the figure. Her practice centres on ideas of place, identity and the passage of time.

     

    In 2006 Jess completed her Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons) at Adelaide Central School of Art. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Hill Smith Gallery / Malaysia Airlines Travel Award, which allowed her to travel to Europe on a professional development trip.

     

    Jess actively exhibits with selected shows including solo exhibition Some Place Near, Hill Smith Gallery (2013) and group exhibitions Neck of the woods, Adelaide Central Gallery (2014) nVisage- A Contemporary Portrait Exhibition, Adelaide Central Gallery (2012) New Paintings, BMGArt Gallery (2009) The Space Inside, Adelaide Central Gallery (2008), and Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2007).

     

    Jess is currently a lecturer at ,                                             teaching both painting and life drawing. She works from Switchboard Studios, Norwood.

     

    Her works are held in various private collections both here and interstate.

     

     

    Adelaide Central School Of Art

  • PRESS

    Sliuzas Adele (2013) Neck Of The Woods. thethousands.com. 20 June 2013.

    Lloyd Tim  (2009) A Chance to Shine for Promising Trio. The Advertiser. 28 Jan 2009 

     

    Woodburn Jena (2007) United in Contemplation. The Independent Weekly. Issue 37 Feb 2007

     

    Neylon John (2007) The Big One Has Arrived. 2007 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition. The Adelaide Review. March 2007

     

    McDonald Patrick (2002) Creative approach to the art of business. The Advertiser. June 2002

  • CV
    b.1983 EDUCATION
2010 Painting Master Class, Short Course, Adelaide Central School of Art, SA
2006 Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours), Adelaide Central School of Art, SA
2004 New York School of Art Drawing Marathon, Adelaide Central School of Art SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Some Place Near, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide SA JOINT EXHIBITIONS
2015 (UPCOMING) 3 person Exhibition, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2010 Taking Place, in collaboration with Pui Ki Chiu, Studio Gallery Adelaide Central School of Art 2009 New Paintings, 3 person show with Morgan Allender and Steph Crase,BMG Gallery,Adelaide SA 2008 The Space Inside, with Deb Prior, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide SA SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 Gematria, Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide, SA
2013 Neck Of The Woods, Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide, SA
2012 NVisage Portrait exhibition Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide SA
2010 Spring Art, Loreto College, Adelaide SA Between Us-TwinBEE Studio, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide SA
2009 Spring Art, Loreto College, Adelaide SA 2007 Interior Motives, National Wine Centre, Adelaide, SA Hatched- National Graduate Exhibition, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth WA Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 07, Drill Hall the Parade Grounds, Adelaide SA Audi Scotch College Art Exhibition, Scotch College, SA
2006 Graduate Exhibition 06, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide Central School of Art, SA 2006 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 06, Drill Hall the Parade Grounds, Adelaide SA 2002 Fresh, Greenhill Galleries, North Adelaide S.A AWARDS AND GRANTS
2012-13 Arts SA Independent Makers and Presenters Project Grant
2007 Hill Smith Gallery/ Malaysia Airlines Travel Award (Europe), Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Travel Grant- Funded by the Helpmann Academy
2006 Overall Winner 2006- Paradise Motors Art Prize, Cathedral Art Exhibition
2006 Full Scholarship, Adelaide Central School of Art
2005 Overall Winner 2005- Paradise Motors Art Prize, Cathedral Art Exhibition
2004-05 Half Scholarships 2004 and 2005, Adelaide Central School of Art.
2002 Half Scholarship, Adelaide Central School of Art. ARTICLES/REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS
2010 Interview on Arts and About- Portraiture, Radio Adelaide, Alicia Moraw and Eleanor Scicchitano, March 23 2009 A Chance to Shine for Promising Trio, Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, Jan 28 United in Contemplation, Jena Woodburn, The Independent Weekly, Issue 37 Feb
2007 The Big One Has Arrived 2007 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, John Neylon, The Adelaide Review, March
2002 Creative approach to the art of business Patrick McDonald, The Advertiser, June RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
2013 Artist Residency at Wilderness School, Medindie, SA
2012-2015 Artists talks, School Outreach Program ACSA to Adelaide High School 2011-15 (current) Lecturer- Painting and drawing, Adelaide Central School of Art
2010-13 Lecturer- Short Course Program, Adelaide Central School Of Art
2009-14 Gallery Assistant- Flinders University City Gallery, North Terrace, Adelaide SA
2009-10 Supervisor for Open Life Drawing classes, Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood SA
2007 Europe Trip-Professional development, funded by Hill Smith Gallery and Malaysian Airlines 2003-05 Artist in School Teaching Marryatville High School, Kensington. SA
2006 Co-coordinator / Curator of the Student Gallery, Adelaide Central School of Art COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
2006 Border Crossing Trip -Collaborative Print Project, Melbourne, Funded by the Helpmann Academy
2004 SALA Guerrillas- performance/ installation piece, Heathfield High School MEMBERSHIP/STUDIO
2011-2013 (Current) Member of Switchboard Studios, Norwood, SA
2007-10 Member of TwinBEE Studio, St Peters. SA