Devonshire teas started to appear in Valadon’s artwork in 2006 – inspired by Hill End resident Betty Jeffries at Rose Cottage. Betty used to provide Devonshire teas in the garden oft her cottage, with lace tablecloths, fine china, home made jams and scones – Tea for Two series. This theme was revisited in 2009 with the large work ‘Afternoon Delight’.
Delighting in the design and colour of the tea services she was starting to collect, Valadon commenced a series of outsized tea cups, shown in the exhibition Euphoria at Eva Breuer, which was a sell-out. The half full/half empty tea cups were also a response to the recent economic downturn – do you view the world in an optimistic or pessimistic way? In some of the larger works, e.g. Gypsy Rose, the cups seem to jut out of the picture plane, suggesting that one could jump into them and drown their sorrows. The richness of the exteriors of the cups – Euphoria, American beauty and Arcadia, amongst others, provide an antidote to recessional thinking, a quiet moment of lush beauty and excess.
In 2010 Valadon painted the setting in her garden under the apricot tree, a tranquil evening setting with the attendance of magpies – a place of quiet contemplation and changing colours of autumn leaves.
Autumn Evening under the Apricot Tree 2010, oil on canvas 106 x 152cm
The Guardians 2010, oil on canvas 106 x 152cm.
Winner People's Choice Mosman Art Prize 2010,
Afternoon Delight (Still Life) 09, oil on canvas 137 x 107cm
Arcadia 09, oil on canvas 75 x 91cm
American Beauty with Pear and Nectarine Blossom 09, oil on canvas 112 x 137cm
Euphoria 2009, oil on canvas 112 x 137cm
Celestial Tea Pot 2010, oil on canvas 45 x 60cm
Gypsy Rose 09, oil on canvas 75 x 91cm
Lily of the Valley 09, oil on canvas 75 x 91cm
Springtime with Blossom 09, oil on canvas 75 x 91cm
Magpie I 2010, oil on canvas 45 x 60cm
Magpie II 2010, oil on canvas 45 x 60cm
Magpie III 2010, oil on canvas 45 x 60cm
The Chocolate Cake 2010, oil on canvas 76 x 91cm
Tea for Two I 2006, oil on canvas 60 x 55cm
Tea for Two II 2006, oil on canvas 60 x 55cm
Tea for Two III 2006, oil on canvas 60 x 55cm
The Blue Chair 2010, oil on canvas 76 x 101cm
Spring Still Life 2006, oil on canvas 122 x 91cm
A Quiet Moment 2006, oil on canvas 122 x 91cm
The Countess 09, oil on canvas 30 x 40cm
Red Riding Hood 09, oil on canvas 30 x 40cm
Strawberries & Cream 2010, oil on canvas 30 x 40cm
Crimson Rose 2011, oil on canvas 30 x 40cm
Daffodil Time 2011, oil on canvas 30 x 40cm
Summer Show, (group show) at Wagner Contemporary until 1st March.
Profile in March Country Style magazine, available 23rd February
ABC documentary ‘Rosemary Valadon - A Sensual World’ to be aired Tuesday April 4th at 10pm, as part of their ‘Creatives’ strand.
Travelling Archibald - my finalist painting of Luke Sciberras is now at Cowra Regional Art Gallery until 19th March.
Rosemary Valadon is a multi-award winning Australian artist (the Blake Religious Art Prize, Portia Geach Portrait Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize, amongst others). She is a regular finalist in the Archibald, Sulman, Blake, Portia Geach and Mosman prizes... read more