Janine Daddo

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Janine Daddo is a lucky person. She always wanted to be a painter. And in fulfilling her dreams, she has become a highly successful one – by sharing her happiness with others. Yet, luck is no matter of chance. You have to strive for serendipity. Her enthusiasm for life expressed in her joyous, colourful paintings emerges from one touched with tragedy. As always, the way we handle adversity defines our character, for those nightmares in life’s journey are times of unbelievable blackness. Yet, they seem to be necessary experiences that precede the pathway to perceptions of light and joy in the perception and expression of unbounded beauty. Daddo communicates this exuberance through her art, and is one of the reasons why it is so popular. Another is her gifts is this means of communication, schooled at RMIT in graphic art and design, developed through fashion illustration, and finely honed in the world of advertising in Sydney and Melbourne. Her paintings are conversational and attractively packaged in seductive colours. Numerous sell-out exhibitions provide their own testimony.

Artists are very fortunate people in being able to see anew the everyday world with a freshness and enthusiasm, which they share through the works they create. As in Daddo’s paintings, a kitchen scene becomes a chaos of delight, the diurnal becomes the extraordinary. Her imagery is familiar, friendly, and highly appealing, with an echo of Charles Blackman in whose house she once lived in Sydney. Influence came by osmosis, rather than directly, found in her love of colour, figuration, and certain lyrical touches, especially of flowers and lovers, as in A Little Romance. Her Secret Garden series probably owe part of their genesis to the same neighbour’s garden which Blackman looked onto from his studio window. This secret place for Daddo is one of freedom, completely relaxed and open. In large Secret Garden 2007, the richness of the reds create the mood and capture the passion, in harmony with the embrace and intertwining of the figures, repeated in the sinuous lines of the flower forms of the background.

The richness of her colours comes from her technique of layered surfaces, usually working in opposites, from darks to lights, from turquoise and jade to reds. The layering gives added texture, glimpses of underlying colours added variety, topped by a final glaze to express the wonderment of life. Birds and bare-bosoms are metaphors of freedom, as likewise paintings of childhood memories, of innocence recollected and, To the Moon and Back, the possibility of dreams. As the spring of youth finds fullness in summer, Summer Garden parades the blossoming of womanhood, of letting go and becoming woman. A background in fashion provides touches of the fashionable, the beauty of the beautiful, and the eye of seeing. Daddo says, ‘Painting for me is like creating a conversation, a memory, a yearning.’
Janine has enjoyed ‘sell-outs’ in Sydney, Melbourne and Chicago, and her work is now enjoyed in private collections throughout Australia and as far afield as London, New York and Singapore.

Janine Daddo Resumé
1959 – Born
1979-81 – Studied Graphic Art and Design, RMIT, Melbourne. Finished with Honours and Dux 1981 Worked as illustrator in Fashion and Retail Industry
1982-94 – Advertising career working for several large agencies and boutiques in Melbourne and Sydney
1994 – Full-time mother and artist

Select Exhibitions:
2020 – “Bloom” Harvey Galleries
2020 – “Simple Pleasures” solo virtual show Manning Gallery Malvern 2020 – Affordable Art London
2019 – “Adventure Bound’ solo Gullotti Galleries Perth
2019 – Affordable Art Singapore
2018 – Champagne Confessions, Manyung Sorrento 2018 – Artitude Telethon Adventures Australia, Perth 2018 – Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong
2018 – Jahroc Gallery, Margaret River, WA2018 – Wills Domain Wine labels, WA
2017 – “Petals, Blooms & Pom Poms”, Gullotti Galleries, Perth
2017 – Richmond Wellness Centre, Collaborative Piece with Aboriginal Elder Wendy Hayden 2017 – Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2017 – Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2017 – Everyday a Sunday, Manyung Malvern
2016 – Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Spring Edition
2016 – Solo Exhibition, Manyung Gallery Malvern
2015 – Manyung Gallery, the Affordable Art Fair, Singapore Spring Edition
2015 – Manyung Gallery, Malvern
2015 – 19 Karen, Queensland
2014 – ‘Runaway With Me’ Jahroc Gallery Margaret River WA solo show
2014 – Group exhibition, Sorrento Manyung Gallery
2013 – ‘Hullabaloo’ Gullotti Gallery solo show
2013 – ‘Lovers Exhibition’ Manyung Gallery Malvern
2013 – Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Manyung Gallery Group
2013 – Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, Manyung Gallery Group
2013 – Affordable Art Fair Seattle, Manyung Gallery Group
2013 – Finalist. Salon De Refuse, Hilton Melbourne
2012 – ‘Zipptydodaday’ Framed Gallery Darwin
2012 – ‘Topsy Turvy’ Gullotti Galleries Perth solo show
2012 – Group Show “Beloved”, Manyung at Glenferrie, Malvern
2012 – Solo Show “Life’s Many Pleasures” Manyung at Sorrento
2011 – “Fall In Love With Life”, Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza
2011 – Manyung at Glenferrie, Malvern (formerly Glenferrie Road Contemporary Art)
2011 – Art Images Adelaide
2011 – Paul Gulllotti Western Australia
2010 – Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza
2010 – Atlas Gallery, Chicago
2010 – Art Images, Adelaide
2010 – Glenferrie Road Contemporary Art, Malvern
2009 – Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza
2009 – Glenferrie Road Contemporary Art, Malvern
2008 – Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza
2008 – Melbourne Art Show, Art Sydney and Art Brisbane
2008 – Art Gallery Collections, Gold Coast
2007 – Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza
2007 – Melbourne Art Show, Art Sydney
2007 – Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney
2006 – Melbourne Affordable Art Show, Art Sydney, and Manyung Gallery – all sold out. Solo show at Gullotti Gallery, Perth and Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney
2005 – Solo shows at Gallery Philip Neville, Darwin, and Manyung Gallery – both sold out 2004 – Group exhibitions, including Melbourne and Sydney Affordable Art Shows. Manyung Gallery solo show sold out
2003 – Group exhibitions. April, solo at Manyung Gallery
2002 – December, first solo show, Manyung Gallery – sold out
2002 – Group exhibitions at Oakhill Gallery

Select Awards:
2014 – Selected to be part of ‘Melbourne Art Trams’
2004 – Frankston High School, ‘Best Contemporary Work’ 2003 – Kunyung Arts Festival, ‘Best Acrylic/Oil on Show’

Private collections in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Chicago, Hong Kong, Israel, London, Los Angeles, New York, and Singapore

Michelle Hamer, ‘How it feels to be a famous artist’, The Age, Melbourne, January 17, 2008 Coast Magazine, December 2011

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