The Fleurieu Peninsula and the McLaren Vale/Willunga area, in particular, has a rich fine art tradition going back generations. This is celebrated in the Fleurieu Biennale (Fleurieu Art Prize) offering Australia’s richest prize for landscape, attracting renowned artists throughout Australia and internationally.
Artist Jen Wright studied at the Adelaide Central School of Art and found her love of drawing and painting reinvigorated in this environment. She produces much-admired charcoal sketches and portraits and has captured typical local scenes in oils celebrating life in the vineyards and at the beach. Her most distinctive works are a series of bird paintings where she experiments with colouring from squid ink, beetroot, walnut and of course wine along with other natural and found materials.
As artist-in-residence at DogRidge, there is always some of Jen’s work on display but the gallery also mounts exhibitions with other artists several times a year, especially for the SALA and Adelaide Fringe festivals.