‘Jelly Green has already established herself as a young painter of distinction. In these new paintings she reveals the beauty and responds to the mystery of the rainforest but equally confronts the horror of its destruction’ - Maggi Hambling 2019
Devour is an exhibition of seven large scale oil paintings along with a collection of smaller pieces of the rainforest. These are works that have been created both from paintings made on the jungle floor as well as the imagination. In 2015 and 2016 Jelly spent four months living and working in a tree house on consecutive painting residencies in the Brazilian jungle in the central state of Goais. Aside from prompting her to embark on a completely new body of work, her time in the Brazilian jungle provided the catalyst for a number of painting trips to other rainforests around the world. Which, in turn, form the basis of this exhibition.
The aim of this exhibition is not only to raise awareness of the devastation that is occurring in these crucial parts of the earth, but also to raise money for charitable causes aimed at protecting and replanting trees. The rainforests are the lungs of our planet. Not only do they help stabilise the global climate, they provide a home for many endangered species of plants and animals. It is no secret that the rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate, with an area the size of a football field destroyed every second.
‘From the moment I arrived I was overwhelmed by this incredibly rich landscape: a landscape exploding with life and colour. My hope is that these paintings capture both the vibrancy and lushness of this extraordinary place, and its fragility and vulnerability.’
4th - 7th April 2019 (open 11am - 6pm)
204 Oxo Tower Warf, Bargehouse St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH