Janet Boddy


Janet r. Boddy

My first years, until WW2. , were spent in Seymour. I knew then I’d be a painter.
My Great great grandmother Ann Land Boddy, who was a painter of life size portraits and miniatures, established ‘Morton College’ South of London.

Aged 14, due to financial constraints I was unable to accept an Art scholarship to Swinburne Tech.

At 18, I (naively) took my bike to Eltham, easel strapped on, hoping to find other painters at work in the landscape.

At 25 I suffered multiple injuries when our car rolled 180 ft. over the cliff at Cinema Point Great Ocean Rd. This changed the direction of my life.

Studies informal: Early 1960’s among my teachers were Erica Mc Gilchrist, Louis Kahan, Stan Rapotec.
Rapotec invited me to join his (‘Master class of 5’) at University of New England Summer schools over a period of 5 years.
John Brack encouraged me to join life drawing at the Gallery school.

Since 1968 Exhibiting as full time expressionist / impressionist painter with interests in multiple medium including Ephemeral sculpture.

1973 I Built my Mudbrick Eltham house/studio where I still reside.

Recently I broke my hand and wrist which has seriously limited my ability to work as before.


Janet R. Boddy

Abbreviated CV

 Abstract impressionist/ expressionist painter/innovator and teacher: Known locally and across Australian public and private collections.

Represented internationally-  public and private collections.

Described by Alan McCulloch as a lyrical painter and by some as a romantic painter.

Born: Melbourne 1935.

Educated: St Michael’s C.E.G.G.S. – other.

 Art Studies: Mainly informal. Selected teachers include:

University of New England – invitation to participate in Rapotec’s “Master class” of 6, 1965-1968;

Erica McGilchrist – Graphics;

Louis Kahan – life drawing V.A.S.;

Geelong Technical College and West Geelong Technical College Print making ( brief periods);

National Gallery School- life drawing by invitation of John Brack as (illegal) student;

University of Melbourne – Art History (short period) Professor Joseph Burke;

Victorian Artists Society – Oils and acrylics Karl Mednis;

Swinburne Technical College -Art history and oil painting (short period);

Adrian Officer – Drawing/ Composition;

Ada Homewood – Oils – European Masters;

 Began painting professionally & exhibiting early 1960s.

Major influences: Rapotec, Baldessin, Whiteley, Ivon Hitchens, Francis Bacon, N. De Stael, Australian “new painting 1952-1962” – John Reed, American Expressionist painters, Worked closely with Gold Coast Surrealist painter Laurie Paul 1960’s to late ‘70’s; Wendy Jonas and Swedish colourist Leif Nilsson late 1970’s – 90’s.

 Representation Public collections: UK; USA; Germany and Australian Collections:  Superintendent’s Residence, House of Lords Westminster ;

Mutterzentrum 2000 Quilt Project Hannover Germany;

Nillumbik Shire Council – Eltham Art acquisitive award;

University of Tasmania Contemporary acquisitive award;

City of Banyule acquired (was Diamond Valley Shire);

University of Eugene Oregon U.S.A.;

Bailie Henderson Hospital Toowoomba Qld. (25 works);

Mater Hospital Brisbane; Qld.;

Morongo P.G.C. Geelong (fountain sculpture);

Sam Pees Travelling USA/Asia Collection NewYork Academy;

 Commissions: Ephemeral Sculpture -Nillumbik Shire Council;

Essay “SET UP” Nillumbik Shire Art Collection as artist researcher in collaboration

with Dr. Christine Crowle;

Poetry installation with 3D ephemeral work (commission Nillumbik Shire);

Peoplescape 2000 Canberra -7 pieces;

Eltham Festival Banner Project;

Mutterzentrum 2000 Quilt project Germany;

Fountain Sculpture, Morongo P.G.C. Geelong;

Bailie Henderson Hospital Toowoomba Qld. 25works;

Sam Pees Travelling exhibition Asia /USA collection.

First exhibited: Toorak Gallery 1965 & since have exhibited extensively at galleries throughout Australia – local, regional and internationally. Working both large and small in a variety of medium – Acrylics, Oils, Pastel, Oil crayon, W/colour, Miniatures, Illustration, Book cover design, Cartoons. Experimental & Innovative fields using recycled materials for 3- Dimensional Assemblages, Masks and Installations – several venues incl: Melbourne Meat Market Craft Centre; Grand Central Gallery; Linden; Eltham and Nillumbik Shire Library & Shire Offices. Performance Art – Montsalvat.

Major Exhibitions include: Grand Central Gallery;

Survey exhibition 1989 (1969 -1995) Eltham Community Centre by invitation sponsored by Eltham Shire Council;

10year Survey exhibition 1998 (1987-1997) by invitation sponsored by Nillumbik Shire Council;

Q.D.O.S. Lorne Victoria;

Design and Art Centre Brisbane;

Bartoni South Yarra;

Hawthorn City Art Gallery;

Roar 2. Gallery Carlton Victoria;

La Trobe University by invitation;

Mavis Chapman Gallery Sydney N.S.W;

Gold Coast Gallery Qld;

Gallery 99 Carlton;

Toorak Gallery.

Group & other exhibitions: local, Regional Victoria, Tasmania, NSW, Qld. too numerous to mention and include overseas incl. Sam Pees Travelling U.S.A./Asia Collection; Lloyd Trestino Floating exhibition- S.S. Galileo and S.S.Marconi.

Awards: Eltham Shire Art Awards acq;

Caltex Warana contemporary Qld;

University of Tasmania contemporary acq;

Royal Overseas League represented Overseas League London Exhibition;

Bundaberg contemporary;

Doncaster/Templestowe contemporary;

V.T.U. Credit Union;

Scholarship 1950 Swinburne Art School *unable to accept at the time;

Numerous Highly Commended Awards.

Teaching: Senior Art Mistress Morongo P.G.C. Geelong 1965-68;

Tutor La trobe University – Life drawing & Experimental drawing 1983- 85;

C.A.E. as locum; Local Art Groups/ Privately Gold Coast & Eltham.

Public speaking & demonstrations: Art Groups; Melbourne Fringe; Secondary schools/ Technical Colleges/ Theosophical Society Melbourne.

Judged: Various Art awards Melbourne, Qld & NSW. Includes Melbourne Pastel Society/ Youth Groups/ Secondary Colleges/ Art Societies.

Committees / Reference groups/ Awards Committees:  Nillumbik/ Eltham/ Diamond Valley Shires; Ex Chairperson Eltham Arts Council.

 Bibliography: Encyclopaedia of Australian Art – Alan and Susan McCulloch 1994;

Dictionary of Women Painters in Australia – Max Germaine 1991;

Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand – Max Germaine 1984;

Encyclopaedia of Australian Art – Alan McCulloch 1984;

Celebrating Nillumbik Women 2006 – The Nillumbik Women’s Network and Nillumbik Shire Council 2008;

Writing Art 2006- A series of essays on the Nillumbik Art Collection includes “View” by Gwen Ford ref: J.R.Boddy painting “Where the Ibis Are”;

Video into Art Schmelling Artvideo Australia – The World of Janet Boddy 1985;

Womens’ Art Register a selection of 80 slides.