King Street Gallery on William

Jenny Sages

Jenny Sages was born in 1933, in Shanghai, China and moved to Australia in 1948.  Sages graduated from East Sydney Technical College in 1951, and then again from Franklin School of Art in New York, in 1954. She eventually studied John Olsen / Mary White school in Sydney from 1956 -1957 completing her tertiary education.

Sages’ practice allows her to “condense and distil the images in her mind”, blurring the lines between landscapes and abstractions. (John McDonald, 2016, Catalogue Essay) Her frequent travels to the Kimberley and Arnhem Land allow her to physically and emotionally experience the ‘ancient landscapes’ from which she draws her inspiration. Initially, Jenny would make en plein air studies in gouache, yet she eventually came to the realisation that she preferred only to look and then reimagine and reconfigure her subject matter in the studio.

Jenny Sages’ portraits have been hung in the Archibald Prize AGNSW on 21 occasions. Her appreciation and diligence towards portrait making, ‘provides some respite’ from her usual practice of layering encaustic onto board, and then scoring them with dots, lines and various pigments. Her self-portrait ‘After Jack’, was purchased by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra in 2018 and is currently on display.

Moreover, Jenny has been awarded the Kedumba Drawing Award (2006), Wynne Prize (2005), Mosman Art Prize (1994), and the Portia Geach Memorial Award twice (1992 and 1994).

Her work is included in various national, state and corporate collections, such as The National Portrait Gallery and the National Library, Canberra, The Art Gallery NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Northern Territory Museum and Gallery, as well as NIDA Sydney and KPMG, Sydney.

Jenny Sages’ studio is in Double Bay, Sydney. Jenny has been represented by King Street Gallery 24 years ago (1996).

Jenny Sages

Exhibitions

Films

Archibald People's Choice Prize 2012 winner Jenny Sages

Artist Jenny Sages talks with Maria Stoljar in the studio

Jenny Sages Paths to Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery

Solo exhibitions [selected]

2018
Lest I forget King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2016
On the memory of the imagination King Street Gallery on William

2013
Show Me the Way King Street Gallery on William

2010-13
Jenny Sages: Paths to Portraiture [curated by Sarah Engeldow], travelling National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW; Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld; Artspace Mackay, Mackay, Qld; Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, Tas; Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

2011
Transience of time King Street Gallery on William

2008
A Diary of My Days King Street Gallery on William

2005
A process of walking king street gallery on burton, Sydney

2004
King street gallery at Span Gallery [with Salvatore Gerardi] Melbourne
Film Clips Chapman Gallery, Canberra

2003
The daily act of living/just doing it king street gallery on burton

2001
Around here out there king street gallery on burton
My Children Have Gone to Toowoomba Chapman Gallery

2000
Names and Being Chapman Gallery

1999
Substrata king street gallery on burton

1997
Remember Chapman Gallery

1996
New work king street gallery on burton

1995
New Work Chapman Gallery

1994
Connections Chapman Gallery
The Wayless Way Blaxland Gallery, Sydney

1991
Markers Blaxland Gallery

1990
Out of Alice Blaxland Gallery

1988
Bundle BunglesWestern Australia Blaxland Gallery

Group Exhibitions [selected]

2019
Abstract 19 King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
Inside/Outside King Street Gallery on William

2018
Into Abstraction III- In collaboration with Brenda Colahan Fine Art Macquarie University Gallery

2016
Women in Portraiture National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

2014
Kings School Art Prize Kings School, Sydney

2013
Packsaddle New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), Armidale
Looking Forward King Street Gallery on William
Last but not Least King Street Gallery on William

2012
KIAF/12 Korean International Art Fair, Seoul
The Big Picture King Street Gallery on William
The Archibald Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW)
The Wynne Prize, AGNSW
Virtual Reality: Interpreting the Landscape [King Street Gallery @ Newcastle University Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

2011
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
The Wynne Prize AGNSW

2010
Abstract Nature Samstag Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2009-10
Idle Hours National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

2009
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
The Drawn Line King Street Gallery on William

2008
Compositions King Street Gallery on William
The Archibald Prize AGNSW

2007
The Archibald Prize AGNSW

2006
Afilla landscapes king street gallery on burton
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
Doggett Street Studios with king street gallery Brisbane, Qld
Kedumba Drawing Prize Kedumba Gallery, Wentworth Falls, NSW

2005
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
The Wynne Prize [winner] AGNSW
Mosman Art Prize Mosman Regional Gallery, Sydney
Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize Brisbane, Qld

2004
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
Singular Visions Cowra Art Gallery, NSW

2003
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
The Wynne Prize AGNSW
The Fleurieu Biennale for Landscape Adelaide, SA
Ned Kelly Framed National Trust of Australia, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
64 years king street gallery on burton

2002
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
The Dobell Prize for Drawing, AGNSW
Acquisitions & Donations, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Two Thirds Sky-artists in desert country Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, NSW
Last show of the year king street gallery on burton

2001
A Century of Collecting Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
The Tattersalls Club Landscape Art Prize Brisbane
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW
Monochromatic king street gallery on burton
Views king street gallery on burton
Works on Paper Prize Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
The Wynne Prize AGNSW
Last show of the year king street gallery on burton

2000
Women and the landscape king street gallery on burton
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
Kedumba Drawing Prize Kedumba Gallery
Last show of the year king street gallery on burton
Melbourne Art Fair2000 king street galley at Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne
The Wynne Prize AGNSW
Redlands Westpac Invitational Art Prize Mosman Regional Gallery

1999
Judy Cassab and Jenny Sages Customs House Gallery, Sydney
Last show of the year king street gallery on burton
Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Moree Plains Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Prize pictures- paintings previously selected for major prize exhibitions king street gallery on burton
The Archibald Prize AGNSW
The Wynne Prize AGNSW
The Dobell Prize for Drawing AGNSW
The Tattersalls Club Landscape Art Prize Brisbane
New England Regional Art Museum

Collections

Art Gallery New South Wales
Art Bank, Australia
Avillion Hotels
Bank of America
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery
Coles Myer, Australia
Colonial First State Property Ltd
Department of Transport, Canberra
Dresdner Australia Limited
Gallery of Modern Art, Qld
Gadens Ridgeway Collection
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
IBM, Australia
Kedumba Drawing Collection
KPMG, Sydney
Labour Council of NSW
Macquarie Bank Collection
Macquarie University Collection
Manly Regional Gallery
Mosman Council, Sydney
Montifiore Collection
National Library of Australia, Canberra
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
New South Wales State Library, Sydney
NIDA, Sydney
Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery
Queensland Art Gallery
Smorgon Collection, Australia
The McDonalds Australia Collection
Trust Company of Australia
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Qld
Tweed River Art Gallery, Qld
University of New England, NSW
Warringah Council, NSW

Lest I forget 2018

On the memory of the imagination 2016

Show me the way 2013

Transience of time 2011

Diary of my days 2008

Face Value

Look Magazine

August 2016

Busy bodies by Ella Rubeli

The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, p20

2016

Observation Point: Jenny Sages by Sarah Engledow

National Portrait Gallery Publication Issue 47

Spring/Summer 2014

The art of rejection by John McDonald

The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, p16-17

9-10 August 2014

Salon de Refusés 2013 & Jenny Sages

The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

20 April 2013

More than face value by John McDonald

The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

20-21 April 2013

People's choice 2012

Art Gallery of NSW

17 May 2012

Paths to portraiture by Sarah Engledow

Portrait Magazine, Issue 37, p4-7

2011

Living treasure: Jenny Sages by Elizabeth Wilson

Australian House & Garden, p74-76

August 2011

That Utopian ideal by ELizabeth Fortesque

The Daily Telegraph

27 May 2005

The quiet achiever by Sarah Grishin

The Canberra Times

9 September 2004

Bets on three of a kind, or the dealer by Bruce James

The Sydney Morning Herald, Metropolitan

14 March 2003

Archie's sea change by Bruce James

The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, Arts

25 March 2000

From page to big canvas by Bronwyn Watson

The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, Arts

16 September 1994