Jo Darvall - Bunbury Biennale 2019 "Goomba Boya"Artist Statement
Lori Pensini - Finalist - Len Fox Art Prize 2019'Flower - Dryandra' by Lori Pensini
Castlemaine Art Museum, Castlemaine, Vic. judge: Geoffrey Smith, Chairman Sothebys' Australia
Lori is the only WA Artist to be selected as a finalist.
artist statement: The Dryandra banksia is endemic to the bushland of my place of birth. Known for their resilience, they bloom & bear seed from the poorest of soils in the most adverse conditions. The banksia in my art practise represents the women in our family, pioneering ilk that have also weathered life’s adversities and gone on to bear blooms of gentle greatness. My cousin Tyler represents myself. She wears the Dryandra bloom at her throat, symbolic of her heritage and the voice and stories of past generations of the women that have shaped her.
Britt Mikkelsen | Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2019
Di Taylor - Representation in New YorkWe are delighted to announce that Di Taylor now has representation with Agora Gallery in New York.
Another fantastic opportunity for Di and her artistic journey is the invitation to exhibit at the Florence Biennale in 2019. We wish Di every success.
Winner of the People's Choice Award - Kilgour Art PrizeWe are so delighted for Lori Pensini who's painting 'pride & prejudice' has won the People's Choice Award - Kilgour Portrait Prize. Lori is the first West Australian artist to win this prize.
Bruny18 - Finalist - Lori PensiniCongratulations to Lori Pensini who has been selected as a finalist in this years Bruny Island Art Prize.
'In 2018, the specific theme of the prize is Art of Adaptation, which encompasses the way challenges such as climate adaptation are negotiated.'
On October 13 the judges will announce the winner of the prize.
Busselton Art Award - Finalist - Paula WiegminkCongratulations to our wonderful and truly dedicated artist, Paula Wiegmink for her painting 'Shake your Tail Feathers' which was selected as a finalist in this years Busselton Art Award.
Ayad Alqaragholli's recent trip to ChinaAyad's recent trip to China saw the installation of his new sculpture in the Min Qin desert.
The photograph below shows Ayad at the seminar where he presented the international Artists involved in the International Desert Sculpture exhibition, in Min Qin close to the Mongolia border.
Fresh WA Snapper on Special - Norm WilsonFinalist - Perth Royal Art Prize 2018 Congratulations to our artist, Norm Wilson who's painting 'Fresh Wa Snapper on Special' was selected as a finalist in this years Perth Royal Art Prize.
Britt Mikkelsen - Emerging Artist - Helen Lempriere ScholarshipWe are so proud of our artist Britt Mikkelsen who has received the Emerging Artist scholarship, one of three scholarships annually awarded from the Helen Lempriere Scholarships.
This is one of Australia’s most prestigious annual prizes for sculptors in Australia, designed to foster and promote contemporary Australian sculpture.
'The Scholarships are a realisation of a bequest made by the late Keith Wood to honour his wife, Helen Lempriere.
Helen was one of Australia’s leading female artists in the mid-20th century, attracting national and international acclaim for her painting, printmaking and sculpture. Serving as a fitting legacy for Helen Lempriere and her belief in supporting the arts, the Scholarships fulfil Keith’s aims of making a significant philanthropic contribution to the arts while commemorating Helen, a leading figure in the development of a unique Australian aesthetic. The Scholarships serve to advance artists’ careers through study or research and are held in partnership with Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. Managed by Perpetual as a charitable trust operating in perpetuity, the Helen Lempriere Bequest has provided more than $1.5 million in funding support for Australian artists since the trust was established in 1996.
Each year in the lead up to Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi three Australian based sculptors receive significant support for their careers thanks to the Helen Lempriere Bequest. As stipulated by the Helen Lempriere Bequest tertiary level academics select the artists to receive the scholarships. To celebrate the 20th anniversary exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Perpetual have announced an additional $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarship for Australian sculptors in 2016.'
The picture opposite will be the work that Britt will be creating, 'Lair pictured', which will be her first installation.
Kay Gibson - Finalist - Perth Royal Art Prize'MERINO COUNTRY'
"Merino Country pays homage to the integral role that the merino wool industry has played in the Australian landscape for the past 200 years. The first Australian produced fleece sold in England in 1807 and by the late 19th century wool had become Australia’s major export. By the 1950’s it was said that Australia was riding on the sheep’s back. New breeds have been developed to cope with the hot dry semi-arid areas of Australia. Australia still dominates the fine wool market producing more than half of the world’s merino wool." Kay Gibson
Congratulations to our wonderful artist Kay Gibson as her painting 'Merino Country' was shortlisted from 271 entries to just 51 in this years Perth Royal Art Prize.
Di Taylor - Philanthropist and ArtistDuring Di Taylor's recent trip to New York Di undertook a live art demonstration and has also kindly donated two paintings which are to be auctioned in 2019.
Di’s journey started with Telethon, a 24-hour television fundraising event based in WA, supporting the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Di soon realised that she could make a difference with her art after she raised $5,500 by donating a large painting. In 2007 Di started to work directly with the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Soon after Di was engaged to work with TV personalities for Celebrity Art and then the Kylie Andrews Foundation, for over four years Di has helped to raise funds to build a house in Broome, WA as a respite facility for children with Leukemia.
Following the tragic loss of her best friend and fellow artist to cancer, Di became heavily involved with the Cancer Foundation of Australia and Breast Cancer Care WA. It was then that Di started painting her Angels. The angels have featured in various exhibitions that have raised funds for many of her philanthropic causes.
In 2010 Di was asked to represent Save The Children Australia within remote Indigenous communities in the North West of the State throughout the East Kimberley region. Over a five year period Di ran a number of art workshops that inspired children in these remote schools. Her first workshops in Kununurra were particularly challenging, ensuring children had a safe place to go both day and night.
Di was made Ambassador for Save the Children, until she resigned in 2016.
In 2017 Di was asked to be the inaugural artist in residence for the North Midlands Project, based in the wheat belt country of WA. Di created a number of paintings as well as running community based art workshops. This was part of the interactive event designed to promote mental health awareness, wellness and engagement within the communities. Launching the Geraldton Project in 2018, the collection is called “10863 Bush Ranger” and is now touring Australia.
Di was asked to become a Director on the board of Artrinsic Inc. to help establish the first portrait prize in WA, the now prestigious Black Swan Portraiture Prize. Di’s aim was to help other artists to be seen in a field of excellence in their own state. Di’s longstanding position on the board compromised her own entry into the prize. Di resigned from the board in 2017, following the passing away of her father.
Di’s ongoing philanthropic work includes recognition as “Guest Artist” for the Rafikki Surgical Mission to Tanzania in East Africa as well as local foundations and charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Starlight, Bali Children Foundation and Homeless Connect.
Di Taylor - Cossack Art Award 2018Congratulations to our wonderful artist Di Taylor as her painting 'At the Millstream' was shortlisted for this years Cossack Art Award.
Jo Darvall a finalist in the John Leslie Art Prize 2018A huge and well deserved congratulations to our incredibly talented artist Jo Darvall who was selected as a finalist in this years John Leslie Art Prize.
Finalist - Lethbridge 10000 Art Award - Lori PensiniFantastic news again for Lori Pensini as her heart warming painting, 'House Girl, is accepted as a finalist into this years Lethbridge 10000 Art Award.
'My family were early settlers to the wheatbelt, WA and formed multiracial relationships with the indigenous noongar tribes. This painting references the interlacing of the colonial British & noongar cultures, the faded landscape lines in the background reflecting the loss of cultural identity.'
Lori Pensini - Finalist - Kilgour Portrait PrizeCongratulations to Lori Pensini for being selected as a finalist for this years Kilgour Portrait Prize with her beautiful painting 'Pride & Prejudice'.
'Inspired by the recent discovery of the indigenous line of our family. My 4th great grandfather migrated from England in the 1830’s where upon he gained prominence as a grazier in the South West of Western Australia. He worked closely with the local nooongar tribes realising the value of their bush knowledge and natural ability with livestock, and went on in time to create a conservation park to secure native food sources for them as well as sanctuary from local authorities. Two of his sons married noongar women with one, Mary, bearing 12 children.
Our family over time, was not immune to the social & political prejudices of the colonial era and began to see aboriginal liaisons as a shameful threatening thing, and all acknowledgement of noongar ties were suppressed. We sadly lost contact and knowledge for many generations.
This painting is of my cousins Tyler and Georgia set in Yangerdin noongar country of our pioneering home. They sit as one, painted in the same cloth - the folds and stripes continuous to represent the bridging & rebuilding of cultures and acknowledgement of shared blood.'
Dorothy Davies - Emerging Talent Award - Vasse Art Award 2018Congratulations to our wonderful artist Dorothy Davies for winning Emerging Talent at Vasse Art Award 2018 with her painting 'Plum Bay'.
Lori Pensini - Collie Art Prize - FinalistOur fingers are crossed for Lori as she is in the running for the regions richest art prize of $50,000.
Paula Wiegmink: Artists for Conservation
Highly Commended - City of Busselton Art Award - Jo DarvallCongratulations to our fabulous artist Jo Darvall for receiving 'Highly Commended' at the City of Busselton Art Award 2017.
Paula's African AdventurePaula Wiegmink has just returned from a 4-week trip to Africa with a client.
Finalist - Paddington Art Prize - Laura MatthewsLaura continues to have a fantastic year with finalist selections, this time she has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Paddington Art Prize.
We welcome Neil Elliott into the GalleryWe are delighted to have painter and sculptor, Neil Elliott now on board with us here at Studio.
Spring Exhibition 2017The opening of our Spring Exhibition, 'The Essence of Art in the Bush', was a huge success.
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2017 - Semi Finalist - Lori PensiniFor the past 29 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.
Founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, the DMNPP is an annual Australian portrait prize supporting Australian artists and the wider arts community by holding the free annual Moran Prizes exhibition, now at Juniper Hall Paddington, displaying the top 30 works selected by nominated judges each year.
The annual first prize is of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia's Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
We are so proud and happy that Lori has been selected as a finalist, we have everything crossed for her.
11 Oct - Finalists announced
18 Oct - Winner Announced
19 Oct - Exhibition Opens at Juniper Hall
'Mirror Mirror on the Wall', oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm
Black Swan Portrait Prize 2017 - Lori Pensini - FINALISTLori is so unique with her work no wonder she was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Black Swan Art Prize 2017. This prize showcases and promotes Australia's top artists, it is an exhibition/competition not to be missed.
FINALIST - Joanne Duffy - Pro Hart Outback Art Prize 2017The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is an annual acquisitive competition. The prize showcases work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback.
Lethbridge 10 000 Art Award - Finalist - Lori PensiniCongratulation to Lori for being selected as a finalist for this years Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scalle Art Award.
Joanne Duffy - FINALIST - Perth Royal Show Landscape Art Prize 2017Congratulations to our fantastic artist Joanne Duffy who was selected as a finalist for this years Perth Royal Landscape Art Prize.
Colour and movement: Debbie Mackinnon’s Art AdventuresOur fabulous artist Debbie Mackinnon who is based in Sydney has had an article published about her art adventures in the weekend Australian Newspaper.
New York, New YorkGood luck to our artist Jacinda Bayne who is having her first exhibition - ‘Merging Landscape’ in New York, October 5th 2017.
Lori Pensini - Finalist in the Kilgour Prize 2017Lori Pensini - Finalist in the Kilgour Prize 2017
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Lori’s Pensini - ‘Woman with Mullet’
Not One, But Two!Not one, but two.
FINALIST - Perth Royal Show Landscape Art Prize 2017Congratulations to Lori Pensini for being selected as a finalist for the Perth Royal Show Landscape Art Prize 2017.
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