Jo Reitze

About the Artist

Born in Ballarat, Jo studied at Melbourne State College, majoring in Painting under A W. Harding. Her teaching career culminated in Coordinating Art at Canterbury Girls Secondary College for two decades.

Her move to Surrey Hills in the early 80s awakened her passion for painting gardens. Concurrently she continued painting dynamic coastal impressions. Both subjects celebrate nature, its beauty and restorative qualities.

Her expressive, joyous paintings, in oils or gouache, are freely executed on location, with lyrical mark-making, vibrant colours, strong tonal contrasts and diverse patterns. They capture the essence of the scenes.

Her early paintings of her original garden were the catalyst for Jo Reitze paints your garden (Established 2005) where she immortalizes client’s gardens. Since, she has painted numerous gardens in Melbourne and country Victoria ensuring her focus on her own practice while painting in superb places and enabling social contact with other passionate gardeners. During this period she also painted twenty gardens for SHNC ‘Beyond the Garden Wall’ Project, was Artist in Residence at Cloudehill, Olinda where she was filmed for Put Colour in Your Life, has been actively involved with MSWPS since 2010 and has exhibited widely including as the invited artist for Whitehorse Artspace 2013.

Jo Reitze was recently awarded Second Prize for Oils at the 2018 Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show for Winter Garden.

The show was judged by Myles Russell-Cook, Curator of Indigenous Art at NGV.

In 2019: My large oil painting ‘In the Conservatory’ has been short listed for The Len Fox Painting Prize at Castlemaine Art Museum

Click on the link for an update on MSWPS Members attending Castlemaine Art Museum.

MSWPS train trip to Castlemaine

2017 Awards

2017                                                       Danks Trust Award                                          MSWPS 108th annual Exhibition
2017                                                       Best  Australian Environment                     Angair Inc  Art Exhibition

Solo Exhibitions (recent):
2015 ‘Garden Glimpses’ Tacit Contemporary Art, Abbotsford
2014 ‘Ocean Grove Impressions’ Ocean Grove Uniting Church Hall
2013 ‘The Artist Garden’, Whitehorse Artspace, (invited artist) Box Hill Town Hall
(Opened by Sophie Matthiesson, Curator Monet’s Garden NGV)
2012 ‘Cloudehill Impressions’ Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill
2009 ‘Sea Air,’ Geelong Gallery (Shell Regional Artist’s Program).
Group Exhibitions (recent):
2017 ‘90×90’ 90 artworks from 90 years of collecting (Whitehorse Art Collection)
2016 ‘Legacy of the Impressionists’ Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall
Invited to show with works of The Australian Impressionists and three other contemporary artists: Mark Dober, Kathy Fahey & Philip Davey
2016 ‘Little Gems’ with Marion Chapman Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill
2016 ‘Recollections’ with Louise Foletta, Celia Beeton, & Marian Rennie VAS Galleries
2012 ‘Come into the Garden’ with Marion Chapman Gallery at BACC, Brighton Town Hall
Finalist Selected Exhibitions:
2016, 14, 12, Finalist A.M.E. Bale Art Awards Glen Eira Gallery
2014, 2013, VAS Artist of the Year Final Victorian Artists Society Galleries
2013 Finalist Len Fox Award, Castlemaine Gallery
2013 Finalist, Borough of Queenscliffe, 150th Anniversary Art Exhibition
Recent awards & commendations:
2016 Annie Davison Oliver Award, MSWPS (107th Annual Exhibition)
2015 Best Oils Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show
2014 Best in Show Rotary Club of Ocean Grove Fourth Annual Art Show
2013 Gordon Moffatt Award, Artist of the Year Award Exhibition, Victorian Artists Society
2012 Best in Show, Rotary Club of Ocean Grove Second Annual Art Show
2012 Watercolour Society Australia, Kenneth Jack Memorial Award Best Flowers/Gardens
2017 Highly Commended VAS Applied International Contemporary Award
2016 Highly Commended MSWPS Danks Trust Award Exhibition,
2014 Highly Commended Strathdon Community Art Show
2013 Highly Commended Strathdon Community Art Show
1972 – 2010 Received over 30 painting prizes including The VAS Lord Mayor’s Prize 1985 and The Royal
Overseas League, Mountbatten Award 1986 and numerous Highly Commended certificates.
Art Teaching:
2005-7 VCE Art Teacher, Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College
1984 – 2005 Art Coordinator, Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College
2000 (January) Exchange Art Teacher, Bunkyo University High School, Japan
1972 – 84 Taught Art & Craft at Bacchus Marsh, Camperdown and Parkwood High Schools
Major Art Projects:
2015 Filmed painting at Cloudehill for ‘Colour in Your Life’ (View on
2009-11 Artist in Residence, Cloudehill
2008 Beyond the Garden Wall (A Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre project in which I
painted twenty gardens of Seniors, demonstrating how gardening enriched their lives).
2016 Imago Mundi, Looking Down Under 200 Contemporary Australian Artists, Luciano Benetton Collection
2015 ‘An invitation to wonder’ (26 selected artists) Chapel on Station Gallery 10th Anniversary Tribute Book
2009 ‘Beyond the Garden Wall’, Twenty two Gardeners and their Gardens Sue Barnett & Jo Reitze
2010 MSWPS – In Celebration of the 100th Annual Exhibition
Selected articles:
2011 ‘Verdant Landscapes Close to Home’ by Denise Gadd, The Age, Melbourne Life, 24 Nov 2011
2005 ‘Gardens on Canvas’ “ by Janet De Silva, The Age, A2 Gardening, 16 July
Represented: Melbourne City Council and Civic Collections of Banyule, Monash, Moorabool, Preston and
Whitehorse as well as ANZ Bank, Victorian Artist’s Society and private Collections in Australia and Overseas.