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EXHIBITION CURRENT 27 MAY TO 14 JUNE 2020
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Tonee Messiah has held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne since 2004 and has been included in group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She has Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) and Master of Fine Arts degrees from UNSW. Messiah teaches painting and drawing at UNSW Art and Design, Sydney and the National Art School, Sydney. She is a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, UNSW (2015), ARP Artist Residency, Darlinghurst (2013), Zelda Stedman Young Artist Scholarship (2005), William Fletcher Trust Artist Grant (2005), NAVA Visual and Craft Artist’s Grant (2004) and Sir William Dobell Arts Foundation Scholarship (2003). Messiah has been a finalist in the Waverly Art Prize (2019), Hazelhurst Works on Paper Art Award (2017 & 2015), and the Paddington Art Prize (2016 & 2015). Her work is in the collections of ArtBank, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne as well as corporate and private collections in Australia and New Zealand.
‘Messiah uses her home as a testing ground and herself as the subject, exploring the sensation of confinement – where every domestic space has become inter-connected; the boundaries between each room blurred by the mindless entries and exits of each space. She explains, ‘I started to look at what are the shifts in these sensations, and I found a few key areas...’
extract from exhibition preview by Lee-Ann Joy in Artist Profile Issue 51, 2020