Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday Salon: Australian Pastel Master, Judy Drew.

Judy Drew is a contemporary Australian painter (b. 1951) working mostly in pastels. Her paintings are vivid, intense and full of life, they remind me of the best of the Impressionists. Her technique and lavish use of color are extraordinary. Needless to say, I am a big fan.

You can find out more about Judy Drew at her website and see more of her fabulous work everywhere online. Especially here: Artodyssey and here: Mutual Art and here. The artist will be holding two workshops this year - one in Tasmania and one in North Sydney.

I was fascinated by this interesting piece from the Melbourne Herald Sun which speaks of Drew overcoming an artist's block a few years ago which caused her to temporarily stop painting.

Thankfully, that appears to be a thing of the past.

Judy Drew has a large presence on Pinterest where many of her paintings may be seen and coveted. By the way, prices for her paintings make me think they are, currently, very obtainable.


  1. What a contrast! The ladies in the portraits look downcast in spite of all the colour. But you're right, Yvette, every one of these paintings is "full of life."

  2. Yes, I see your point, Prashant. They are all downcast. Funny how that didn't really register with me.

  3. Hello, Yvette,

    Judy Drew's work looks as though it comes from another time, in terms of both subject matter and style. I like the still life and the circular pattern in which the pastels are applied to form the tablecloth — a single flower appears to be in an eddy, a detail I find mesmerizing.

    1. Yes, I know what you mean, Mark. I really do love her work. I wish I could afford a piece.
      That circular pattern is bewitching. I find it in several of her paintings.

  4. So much talent. I love the last one, her paintings have real drama.


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