Jenni Stringleman Artist Interview

Jenni Stringleman is a Devonport resident who in recent years has returned to her first love of painting in oils. Having lived in the UK for 11 years, working in graphic design and animation, Jenni returned to New Zealand in 2005. Jenni talks tennis and about that one time she felt like the Queen!


What do you do?

My life is pretty evenly split between being mum to two gorgeous daughters and furiously painting while they’re at school. Lately, I’ve shoe-horned some fairly average tennis into this heady mix.


What did you have for breakfast?

Today I had The Collective Greek yoghurt topped with the crumbs from the bottom of a weetbix box and some melon. I’m saving my coffee for later when I’ll be at Vauxhall Cafe where Bruno makes it super strong and soy for me.

What’s currently on your walls at home?

Last year I went on an art-buying frenzy with small pieces directly from artists I love including Felicia Forte and Martin Campos from the US and a thickly painted round mini from John Badcock (NZ) I also have a couple of my own which I’m saving for my daughters.

Break Through in Colbalt

If you weren’t making art/doing what you do what would you be doing?

I used to be an animator and I loved it and miss it. But secretly I wish I was a trauma surgeon though sadly the old brain is too tired to succeed in that dream! I toyed with the idea of training as an ambulance driver but I didn’t like the uniform.

Current obsession?

My current obsession is tennis which I’m learning locally and playing with friends. I’m obsessed with watching it, talking about it and buying the clothes for it 🙂

Fractured (Landscape)

Career highlight so far?

So I’ve been painting professionally for three or four years and the first highlight was seeing my first piece in the window at endemicworld which made me smile so much. Then I had this really fun, sell-out show in Gallery De Novo in Dunedin and heaps of my friends and family came. Someone even bought me flowers. I felt like the queen!

Dream project or collab or both?

I wouldn’t mind working with a kiwi designer I love like Kate Sylvester, or Ruby, on a textile or campaign. The thought of doing a Component or Cinzah and painting on a big wall is in the back of my mind. If I could do ANYTHING with my art hero Andrew Salgado (UK) I would!!

Plans for the future?

I’d love to show at Beers in London. Just dreaming small dreams 😁 But before that, I want to continue exploring my new work with the nude figure and nail down my true “thing”

Build your dream concert, 3 acts you wanna see live. Living or dead.

David Bowie. Faithless. Pink Floyd. all at the Powerstation  😁



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