As artist Rachel Wolfe once said, “Colour is fun, colour is just plain gorgeous, a gourmet meal for the eye, the window of the soul”. If this is true, then local Perth artists, Bertie Louise & Jennifer Taylor have created a banquet of gourmet meals for our eyes to feast, when they bring us their first joint exhibition, Addition of Colour later this month. The exhibition, opening on October 14, came to fruition through their shared love (and strong use) of colour in their respective works, with both girls commenting that it will be “ a bright, relevant and modern exhibition”.
The girls were nice enough to take some time out of their busy schedules to chat to us about their influences, creative process, and the journey towards their highly anticipated first exhibition.
Like many artists, Bertie and Jennifer fell in love with art from a young age, but both believed the unpredictable art-world would be far too “unattainable” as a long-term career. Jennifer started drawing and painting from as young as she could remember, and became a self-taught artist after realizing, “Hang on, I can (actually) do this! (giggles)”.
Bertie’s journey is particularly interesting, and began as a young child who would wake up in the middle of the night to write down all the crazy goings-on in her head. Murals, posters and sketches began to cover the walls of her family home, and Bertie’s love of all things art continued to flourish. Believing that a career in art wouldn’t be sustainable, Bertie decided to let her creative juices flow and spent 2 years studying Fashion and Textiles at Tafe. Despite not continuing down the fashion-road, Bertie’s time at Tafe allowed her to refine her figure drawing skills, and gave her the opportunity to befriend fellow artist (and one of our favorites!), Ariel Katzir. Bertie’s big break came when her brother commissioned her to create a mural for his newly opened café in the trendy suburb of Windsor, just off Chapel St in Melbourne (The Windsor Delicatessen).
When asked about potentially moving over east to pursue their art, both girls said they “wouldn’t go anymore else at the moment right now”, with Jennifer even commenting that, “we are like big fish in a little pond here in Perth”. Both girls agreed that the Perth art scene is really taking off, and having both spent time in Melbourne, Perth street art in particular, really takes the cake!
Bertie and Jennifer agree that one of the biggest challenges of being an artist is mentally “doubting yourself and lacking confidence”, however both see their family and friends as their main support group, who really encouraged Jennifer in particular, to get her name out there through Instagram. Both believe the Perth art scene is surprisingly friendly (we certainly agree!), and hope to one-day find a mentor.
Jennifer’s inspiration and creative process is also particularly interesting, with a strong focus on fashion, colour and “what’s in vogue at the time”. Jennifer tends to incorporate brighter colours during that summer months and more muted, darker tones come winter. Anya (Brock) and Pippa (McMannus), are both Perth artists who are fashion illustrated based and continue to inspire her fun, and vibrant work. Jennifer strongly believes in not drafting out her work as she light heartedly considers that she “does (her) best work on the draft!”
Having spent time with the girls, we can see how their bubbly and friendly personalities really shine through in their pieces, and we are excited to see what the future holds for this extremely talented duo. Addition of Colour opens next week, October 14, upstairs at The Ellington Jazz Club – 191 Beaufort St Perth at 7pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
You can see more of their beautiful work in the links below.