In 2015 and 2016, the painter Jelly Green spent four months living and working in a tree house deep in the Brazilian jungle in the central state of Goais.
‘From the moment I arrived I was overwhelmed by this incredibly rich landscape: a landscape exploding with life and colour. My hope is that these paintings capture both the vibrancy and lushness of this extraordinary place, and its fragility and vulnerability.’
As well as prompting Jelly to embark on a completely new body of work, her time in Brazil proved to be the catalyst for a number of painting trips to other rainforests around the world.
It’s no secret that the rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate, with an area the size of a football field destroyed every second. Yet the rainforests are the lungs of our planet and they help to stabilise the global climate; they are home to indigenous people and countless endangered species of plants and animals.
The Devour Exhibition
Devour is an exhibition of seven large scale oil paintings, along with a collection of smaller pieces, depicting the rainforest. These extraordinary, immersive works were created both from paintings made on the jungle floor as well as from the imagination.
The aim of the Devour exhibition is not only to raise awareness of the devastation that is occurring in these precious parts of planet earth, but also to raise money for charities that protect and replant trees.
Jelly’s painting ‘Fool’s Paradise’ represents the forest in all its abundant majesty. The depth created in the piece allows the viewer to become lost in the chaos and complex beauty of the tropical biome. It is a window into a pristine, untouched world. ‘Into the Shadows’ displays a much darker and uncertain perspective: the canopy becomes a veil, delicate layers forming a seemingly impenetrable blackness. The final painting in the series ‘Decimate’ depicts the forest in flames.
Jelly Green (b. 1992) is a figurative painter who lives and works between London and Suffolk. She has been mentored by artist Maggi Hambling since she was 16 years old and is a former student of The Prince’s Drawing School. Her work is on permanent display in The Rowley Gallery in Kensington and has been acquired for private collections in Europe, the US, Asia, the Middle East, and Australasia.
Maggi Hambling commented on her protegee:-
‘Jelly Green has already established herself as a young painter of distinction. In these new paintings she reveals the beauty and responds to the mystery of the rainforest but equally confronts the horror of its destruction.’.
Devour by Jelly Green will appear at [email protected], 204 Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH.
Dates: 4th – 7th April 2019
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