Jennie Pry is a Sydney-based visual artist who works with painting, drawing and mixed media. She is graduate of the UNSW School of Art and Design and completed post graduate studies at the Charlie Sheard studio school of historical oil painting.
For the last decade, Jennie’s artwork has focused in on nostalgic narratives that explore the great Australian beach culture through painted collages of vintage swimming costumes and bathing suits. She describes the bathing suits as revealing particular moments in time from a past era - stages in individual women's lives. The power of the nostalgic object to evoke memory, historical recollection and emotional connection has been the driving force behind the ‘Bathing Belles’ body of work.
The nostalgic burn of suburban summers long gone have continued to influence her most recent works. Jennie painted her way through memories of long, hot Aussie summers and taken the adventurous step of working on palings from the backyard fence – an iconic part of most suburban childhoods. Her well known vintage bathing suits make guest appearances but they are in a different context, imbued with new meanings.
Jennie exhibits regularly through solo and group shows. Her work is held in private and public collections.