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JENNIFER TARANTO (J.A. Taranto)

Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Tel. : +61 417059252

Email : ja.taranto@hotmail.com

Site : www.jataranto.com.au

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Jennifer Taranto was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1957, and first discovered her passion for painting at 8 yrs of age.  She studied at Brighton and Prahran Technical Colleges in Melbourne.

 

In 1980, Jennifer moved to the far north of NSW where she worked doing illustrations for screen printing, and started illustrating children and botanical books including :

 

“Key Guide to Australian Trees 249 Species” by Len Cronin Reeds Publishers.

 

“Exotic Tree fruit for the Australian Home Garden “ by Glen Tankard Nelsons Publishers.

 

1988, she returned to Melbourne and continued to illustrate books and worked for a graphic art studio doing designs for tourism and marketing.

 

1989, Jennifer had her 1st Solo Show at the Watermark Gallery in Elwood, Victoria.

 

1991, She worked for the Performing Arts Museum in Melbourne, painting sets. She also worked with the National Gallery of Melbourne, Australia and continued illustrating books for Macmillan’s, Reeds and Rigby’s Publishers.

 

1999, She moved to Adelaide Hills where she exhibited with the Hahndorf Academy ; SALA The South Australian Living Artists and Driden Fine Arts in McLaren Vale.

 

2002, Jennifer returned to Melbourne, working with various galleries, participated in the Art of Botanical Illustration, 6th Biennal Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and taking private commissions.

 

2003, She travelled for 3 months in Europe, returning to do Solo Shows in late 2003 and 2004.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2006

 

Melbourne Watercolour Show - Without  Pier Gallery

 

2007

 

Solo Exhibition - Without Pier Gallery

 

2008

 

Solo Exhibition - Without Pier Gallery

 

2009

 

Shared Exhibition - Without Pier Gallery

 

2010

 

Melbourne Watercolour Show - Without Pier Gallery

 

The Art of Botanical Illustration – Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne

 

Our Melbourne, My Victoria Show – Without Pier Gallery

 

Small Works Christmas Show – Without Pier Gallery

 

2011

 

Private commission – Trompe l’oeil

 

2012

 

Melbourne Watercolour Show – Without Pier Gallery

 

The Art of Botanic Illustration – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

 

2013

 

Shared Exhibition – Without Pier Gallery

 

2015

 

Group Show – Without Pier Gallery

 

2016

 

The Art of Botanical Illustration – Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Jennifers, work was purchased by the State of Victoria for the Botanical Collection.

 

She won the People Choice Award and received an Honourable mention from Celia Rosser.

 

2018

 

Went into partnership with the Byron Bay Gallery, Nth NSW

 

2019

 

Solo Exhibition – Malvern Artists Society, Melbourne

 

Solo Exhibition – Byron Bay Gallery, Byron Bay, Nth NSW

 

 

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