Jenny Watson, First Beer, 2018. Synthetic polymer paint, Japanese pigment, haberdashery attachments on rabbit-skin-glue-primed Belgian linen, 272 x 201cm.
The very first time Jenny presented work in the gallery in 1982, I was completely blown away. I bought two works from that show and they are now key works in my collection. I have grown to love Jenny Watson for the way her works can be so soft materially and yet so strong at the same time. They are so confident. They have this chaotic toughness which contrasts beautifully with its story, the sadness, the often-personal memories entwined in her gestural brushstrokes.