Janine Riches

"working from nature I like to distort and abstract the reference into shapes and  form"

Janine Riches    


Contemporary Abstract Artist My style of painting is influenced by my favourite abstract artists Wassliy Kandinsky and Yvonne Audette.

I have an affinity with the outback, and currently I am working on a series of paintings depicting my view of the area. I use bold colors and shapes to convey how I see the landscape.
I lived in Darwin for twelve months in 1995 and  drove home to Victoria through the Simpson desert and visited Alice Springs.  I returned to Alice in 2008 and this time made sure I took plenty of photos for reference for paintings. What I love most about the outback is the serenity and calm we can experience from visiting places like Kakadu, Palm Valley, Standley Chasm, the Ochre Pitts and the culture. I have not even finished painting all the places and photos I took. Glen Helen Gorge also captivated me. The Ochre Pitts are amazing I love earthy colors but the palette of the outback does not just include reds, brown and ochres, there is a rainbow of color 

Through my work I wish to communicate my deepest feelings about life in a subtle and almost camoflaged effect. I believe if the viewer is tuned into the painting the philosophy behind it will be recognised.I use painting as thinking time and whatever is happening in life at that time is locked into each individual work. When I look at my work later, feelings are triggered; the paintings represent a diary to me. 



 Group Exhibition – Port Art Gallery – 2009 Port Melbourne
 Solo Exhibition Abi Edwards Gallery Jinks Creek Winery Tonimbuk Rd Tonimbuk Exhibition titled “Alice”. 2009
 Solo exhibition West Gippsland Art Centre “Alice” 2009  
 Art Melbourne exhibited with Gippsland Artists 2008
 Group Exhibition Theatre Works Acland St, St Kilda 2002
 Group Exhibition Artistcare Gallery, South Melbourne 2002
 Exhibited in The She Exhibition Walker St Gallery Dandenong 2000
  Solo Exhibition City of Casey 1998
 Hand painted clothing worn on air for Channel Nine wardrobe department “The bugs bunny Show” 1987-1989


 Best in Show painting Titled “Tree Huggin Hippies” Drouin Ficifolia Art Show 2007
 Two awards won at The She Exhibition Walker St Gallery Dandenong 2002
 First Prize mixed media Ficifolia Art Show Drouin 2002
 Best in Show Bunyip Art show 2001
 Selected to exhibit at Federation Square for the Sustainable living festival
 Commended by Maude Palmer Painting titled “Journey from time to time” exhibited at the Telstra Centre Melbourne Daffodil Day Art Show 2002
 First Prize mixed media Bunyip Art Show 1996


Works are represented in various private collections throughout Australia and overseas.
New Zealand

1996 Warragul Gazette
2002 Port Phillip Gazette
2002 Warragul Gazette
2002 Pakenham Gazette

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