Multi-award winning painter and desert explorer Jo Bertini, has thirty years of experience as a professional exhibiting artist, with her works held in a number of prominent public collections in Australia and internationally, including Artbank, National Museum of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. She is a painter, art educator, lecturer and writer. Her paintings have been curated in hundreds of solo, group and touring exhibitions, including exhibitions in Australia, China, Malaysia, USA and India. Over the course of her highly successful career, Bertini has been the recipient of numerous art prizes, public art commissions, and unique international artist residencies.
Bertini’s paintings traverse well-worn landscapes in an exploration of the true nature of wilderness. Drawing from the traditions of artists on scientific and ecological survey expeditions into the most remote and inaccessible regions, Bertini celebrates her long and intimate engagement with the desert. Her work bears witness to natural and human histories of nomadism observing the seasonal rhythm of landscapes and the people connected to them. With loose yet refined brushwork Bertini finds a balance between simple and complex, rescuing beauty from desolate landscapes.