An image of Wings of desire 2

Jenny Watson

(Australia 1951 – )

Wings of desire 2

Location
Not on display
Further information

In her own words, Jenny Watson’s paintings are ‘urgent passionate spare necessary psychological simple’. The urgency comes from her desire to explore imagery drawn from interior demands, fears and fantasies and Watson paints in an
expressive faux-naïve way to spin modern tales of the self.

The title 'Wings of desire' refers to a 1987 Wim Wenders film about unseen angels above a divided city who are privy to human dramas. The film is an upbeat parable set in the soon-to-be unified Berlin, though in Watson’s painting the winged angel could be the artist herself, experiencing desire and yearning for experience like the angels in Wenders’s film, separated from human life.

Year
1989
Media
Painting
Medium
oil, Indian pigments, haberdashery on Belgian linen
Dimensions
295.0 x 184.0 x 2.0 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Henry Salkauskas Art (Purchase) Award 1992
Accession number
233.1992
Copyright
© Jenny Watson