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Fred Jessup, Boats and Shells

Fred Jessup, Boats and Shells

The Artist

Fred Jessup was born in Talbot, Victoria in 1920. After studying in Sydney (with Dattilo Rubbo, Eastern Sydney Technical College) and serving with the AIF during WWII, Fred moved to France where he set up his home base. He modelled his style after the pattern of Matisse, his colour particularly became French in character and the whole atmosphere evoked in his work was reminiscent of life on the Cote d'Azur. Fred visited Australia in 1959 and 1962 when his work was exhibited in the Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Macquarie Galleries in Sydney.

Fred's works of art are known to be represented in the Bendigo Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Boats and Shells by Fred Jessup

The Work of Art

Boats and Shells is a monoprint created in 1963 and acquired by the University in August 1974 from the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. It depicts a shore-line. The jetty is lined with boxes with sea shells strewn in the foreground whilst there is a sailing boat moored in the background close to a boat-house or warehouse. The picture has the atttributes of being a sketch, drawing or study. Its 'unfinished nature gives the work an almost abstract look to it. This is the only work of art by Fred Jessup held by the Art Collection.

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Fred Jessup, Odana Gallery:

Fred Jessup, profile entry, Alan & Susan Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Allen and Unwin, Sydney 1994 p 371