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Elizabeth Kruger: Blushing Banksias

Elisabeth Kruger, Blushing Banksias

The Artist

Born in 1955 in New Caledonia, Elisabeth Kruger studied and trained in Canberra and graduated from the ANU School of Art. Her first solo exhibition was at the Craft Association of the ACT in 1978. Elisabeth went on to work and exhibit extensively in Australia and abroad. In 198, Elisabeth was awarded the prestigious Moet & Chandon Art Fellowship Prize and in 1990, she was the recipient of the Studio Residency from the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Arts Council. This was undertaken in Besezzo, Italy.

Elisabeth has held many exhibitions in both commercial and public galleries. These include Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1999); Salon des Refuses,  SH Ervin Gallery, New South Wales (1999 and 1997); Mulch and Metaphors, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victory, 1997, Portia Geach, SH Ervin Gallery, New South Wales (1997), Adelaide Biennalle of Australian Art,  Art Gallery of South Australia (1990). Her works also appear in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, the Legislative Assembly, ANZ Bank Art Collection and the Moet and Chandon Art Collection in France.

Blushing Banksias

The Work of Art: Blushing Banksias

Why are Elisabeth Kruger's works so popular and sought after? It is Elisabeth's talent as an oil painter. Her extensive set of technical and artistic skills have led to very vivid and realistic still life portrayals of flowers.  Elisabeth applies thin glazes of paint to create deep visual and subtle textures.  Elisabeth has been greatly influenced by her background in textile art and quilting which drew her to the decorative arts and its activation of the intellect through visual stimuli. Her fascination with the European aesthetic is linked to their manipulation of landscape, the shaping of structures to achieve defined visual form. She has a personal passion for gardens, a theme that has recurred throughout her career, as a symbol of change and renewal. With this in mind, the audience must consider that, though her subject matter deals exclusively with nature, the human element is always present.

From the ANU Drill Hall Gallery's exhibition, On Beauty held back in 2010, Helen Maxwell writes of Kruger's exhibited works as being fluid, seamless and belying endless, experiment, experience,  practice, observation and emotion that coalesce onto the canvas.

Although Blushing Banksias is the only example of Elisabeth Kruger's work within the University's art collection, it can be compared and contrasted in fascinating ways with other floral still life depictions. As noted above, Elisabeth Kruger's works are represented across many Australian collections and galleries.