Jade Oakley has been developing her craft for the past 20 years, mastering the mechanics and compositional perfection of Alexander Calder, the great 20th century artist and inventor of the mobile. While Jade creates work of an intimate scale in delicate materials such as paper and silk, the beauty of her work is imminently suited to large scale public applications.
Jade is a technical genius, with an artistic eye, who trained under acclaimed public artist Jennifer Turpin. Throughout her career Jade has produced numerous public art commissions across Australia and internationally for clients such as Galaxy Casino, Crown Casino, Westfield, Lend Lease, The Royal North Shore Hospital, Otto & Quay Restaurant and Bendigo Hospital.
Jade’s most significant public artwork to date is Sky Garden for the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. This work consists of perforated and hand painted laser cut aluminium angels and leaves which create a canopy of moving colour in the main entrance to the new hospital.
Read more about Jade’s Sky Garden project.
The hospital was awarded the most prestigious prize in the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards — The Premier Award for Interior Design Excellence and Innovation.
Banner Image: Jade Oakley at her home studio.