LEMONS ON STRIPES

Based in Narrabri, Jess Tribe is the artist behind the piece 'Lemons on Stripes'.



Growing up in Narrabri, Jess Tribe knew from an early age that she wanted to be an artist – even before she understood what the job title entailed.


Though raised in a family where art isn’t considered a common endeavour, the emerging artist recalls painting and drawing from as young as five.


“I’ve always loved it - creating art, mostly as a way to zone out”

Being self-taught, it was just a few short years ago that the 27-year-old realised the increasing presence of art in regional New South Wales and began to pursue her passion seriously.


Through applying to local competitions and galleries, Jess has rapidly become a prominent creative figure in the Narrabri community. Last year, one of her pieces won the BAMM Moree Portrait Local Prize. Titled ‘bright eyes’, the graphite drawing featured Jess’s older sister with an expression somewhere between a smirk and grimace settled into the lines of her face.


“I think it may have been the extra element of personality that made the work so popular”

Currently inspired by everyday objects and natural shapes surrounding her; the budding artist’s recent pieces reflect regional NSW’s 2021 lockdown.


‘There’s still life,’ Jess’s latest exhibition, revealed a series of ordinary objects such as books, sea-life, flowers and fruit. Spanning across a variety of mediums - including watercolour, acrylics and sketches – the pieces encapsulate her urge to find beauty and happiness in what others may consider mundane.


In 2021, Jess was involved with CREATE - an event comprising exhibitions, film, theatre, music and workshops. Adopting the theme of ‘home’, the event was a great success and provided Jess the opportunity to collaborate with and support other regional artists.


Jess remains inspired by her rural surrounds and is striving to expand her practice in the future.



5 QUESTIONS WITH JESS


WHO ARE YOUR THREE FAVOURITE ARTISTS?

Iris Scott, Vincent Van Gogh and Michelangelo. I know it can be a bit of a cliché to name a master. Van Gogh has so many struggles and created beautiful works of art and when Michelangelo was told he couldn’t do something he exceeded expectations, to me these artists are inspirations.


WHAT CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?

My Family, music, art supplies (I always have a pen or pencil and paper just in case an idea arises), my garden and a good book.


IN THREE WORDS, DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE.

Realistic-ish, Eclectic and Diverse


TELL US WHICH INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS WE MUST FOLLOW?

@kengoshen – An artist who creates tutorials and gives helpful tips on his art practice

@janedonaldsonartgallery – Her artworks are beautiful

@doodleblule – An amazing watercolourist

@paperpear and themoreeartgallery – Both art galleries showcasing Australian Artists

@samhairwolfryder – A singer/songwriter who also creates covers, he always makes me smile


LASTLY, WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA?

When submitting my work I always say “Just send it, the worst they can say is no” and when given an opportunity its “just say yes!”.


{words: Amelia Phelps }