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ELEANOR LOUISE BUTT AWARDED THE 2024 MUSWELLBROOK ART PRIZE FOR PAINTING

April 8, 2024

Congratulations to Eleanor Louise Butt who has been awarded the 2024 Muswellbrook Art Prize for Painting. The $50,000 acquisitive award will see Eleanor’s work added to the Muswellbrook collection, which includes previous winners such as David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Richard Larter and Fred Williams. . Established in 1958, the Muswellbrook Art Prize is one of the most celebrated prizes for painting in regional Australia. Astute adjudication of the Prize over the years has yielded an excellent collection of modern and contemporary Australian paintings, works on paper and ceramics from the Post War period of the 20th Century and into the…

SUZANNE ARCHER EXHIBITED IN ‘FEMME-MAISON: IMAGINED BOUNDARIES – WOMEN ARTISTS FROM THE COLLECTION AND BEYOND’ AT MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY UNTIL 29 APRIL

March 26, 2024

Suzanne Archer is exhibited in ‘Femme-Maison: Imagined Boundaries – Women artists from the collection and beyond’ at Macquarie University Art Gallery until 29 April Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Art Movement in Australia in Macquarie University’s 60th anniversary Macquarie University Art Gallery is proud to present this two-venue exhibition program in partnership with Gallery Lane Cove A collection can reveal multiple viewpoints and conceptions, nuanced by its history of continuity and gaps. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Art Movement in Australia we have tapped into the collection by reappraising those shifts and generational legacies.…

KEZ HUGHES FINALIST IN 2024 BAYSIDE PAINTING PRIZE

March 20, 2024

Kez Hughes is a finalist in the 2024 Bayside Painting Prize Established in 2015, the Bayside Painting Prize is one of the most generous non-acquisitive painting prizes in the country. The finalist exhibition brings together a broad range of artists, both established and lesser known, whose varied approaches to the painted medium conveys the breadth and diversity of painting in Australia today. Image: Kez Hughes ‘𝙉𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙠𝙤 𝙉𝙖𝙠𝙖𝙢𝙪𝙧𝙖, 𝙈𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙, 𝙎𝙪𝙩𝙩𝙤𝙣 𝙂𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙮 2016’ 2023 oil on linen 64 x 79 cm

NICOLE KELLY FINALIST IN HAZELHURST ART ON PAPER AWARD 2023

October 11, 2023

Nicole Kelly is exhibited as a finalist in the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2023 The biennial Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award is a significant national exhibition that aims to elevate the status of work on paper while supporting and promoting artists working with this medium. Exhibition current to the 12 of November Image Nicole Kelly ‘Notes from the desert’ 2023 oil monotypes 172 x 198.5 cm

SUZANNE ARCHER FINALIST IN HAZELHURST ART ON PAPER AWARD 2023

October 11, 2023

Suzanne Archer is exhibited as a finalist in the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2023 The biennial Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award is a significant national exhibition that aims to elevate the status of work on paper while supporting and promoting artists working with this medium. Exhibition current to the 12 of November Image Suzanne Archer “Three Faces of Fear from the Mistaken Identity Series” 2022 Paper, acrylic paint, foamcore 75 x 40 x 40cm

KARLA MARCHESI FEATURED IN ‘ARTIST PROFILE’ ISSUE 64

October 10, 2023

PROCESS: Karla Marchesi It’s funny that there is a psychological divorce as soon as my paintings leave the studio. My mind is already bubbling with beginnings of what to make next; what will follow from what came before. I’ve long held the view: work begets work – through the practice itself is where meaning resides. I hold the rigour of daily practice closely. For me it’s a promise of a life-long relationship, born of forgiveness. acknowledging that not all aims can be achieved in one painting, or one exhibition. My commitment is to material curiosity and time. Through an art…

ELEANOR LOUISE BUTT ‘ALL THAT WHICH SINGS’ AT BURRINJA CULTURAL CENTRE, UPWEY

October 5, 2023

All That Which Sings | Eleanor Louise Butt 7 Oct – 19 Nov | Burrinja Gallery ‘As the image pulls me deep inside of it, a special kind of silence descends, trapping me in its dark spaces and channels of light; releasing its secrets as it carries me across surfaces and down through layers. And then that eternal struggle, as I try to pull back from its hold (its trance-inducing revelry, its devilry).’ Dr Jan Bryant, 2022 Eleanor Louise Butt is a Kallista-based contemporary artist whose practice is grounded in studio experimentation. Taking painting as her primary medium, she employs…

ELEANOR LOUISE BUTT ACQUIRED BY ARTBANK

September 27, 2023

Eleanor Louise Butt’s painting ‘Unfolding Abstraction, thinking three-dimensionally’ exhibited in Nicholas Thompson Gallery’s Spring1883 presentation has been acquired by Artbank . Artbank is part of the Australian Government Office for the Arts. For 40 years Artbank has supported Australia’s contemporary art sector. Established in 1980 by the Australian Government, Artbank’s two core objectives are to provide direct support to Australian contemporary artists through the acquisition of their work and to promote the value of Australian contemporary art to the broader public. . “This painting refences abstract forms from my small bronze sculptures, as well as gestures from a pencil drawing…

CELESTE CHANDLER 1977 – 2023

September 24, 2023

It is with great sadness that Nicholas Thompson Gallery marks the passing of Celeste Chandler. In addition to being an exceptionally talented painter, Celeste was intelligent, humourous, generous and a delight to work with since joining the gallery in its first year. She was passionate about art, devoted to her family and inspiring in her battle with her illness. She will be greatly missed by so many. Our thoughts are with Andy, Anouk and Celeste’s family. Melbourne based, Tasmanian born painter Celeste Chandler completed a Masters degree in Fine Art at the University of Tasmania (2003) and a PhD at…

VIRGINIA CUPPAIDGE IN CONVERSATION WITH ARTLINK EDITOR UNA REY AT SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHED ON ‘ARTLINK’ ONLINE

September 19, 2023

In Conversation: Virginia Cuppaidge and Una Rey at Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2023. Virginia Cuppaidge (at left) and Una Rey at Nicholas Thompson Gallery’s booth, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, 2023. Photo: Lisa Slade Una Rey_After an illustrious career in New York, artist Virginia Cuppaidge chose to make Newcastle, Australia, her home. I was privileged to see her amazing survey show The Nature of Abstraction in 2019 at Newcastle Art Gallery.[1] I’ve been watching her work and had been exposed to it prior [through the University of Newcastle collection]. It’s a great opportunity and a privilege to speak with you today, Virginia.…

VIRGINIA CUPPAIDGE RESTORATION PROFILED IN ‘ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA’ BY BRIONY DOWNES

September 5, 2023

The art of restoration with Virginia Cuppaidge Making art since childhood, as a teenager Virginia Cuppaidge set her sights on travelling to New York City to see the Abstract Expressionist paintings of Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman in person. In 1969 she touched down in New York with a suitcase and a pink mini skirt, and stepped straight into a 48-year love affair with the city that never sleeps. “I bought a loft in an old block building on Grand Street in SoHo,” remembers Cuppaidge. “It wasn’t called SoHo then and when I arrived, it was just old factories and…

NICHOLAS THOMPSON GALLERY SPRING1883 EXHIBITION REVIEWED FOR MEMO BY AMELIA WINATA

August 13, 2023

… the spirit of Spring: the mix of kitsch… and old-world luxury… Downstairs at Nicholas Thompson, for example, the suite was excessively crammed with works—to good effect. Heidi Yardley’s sexy lady paintings (Babylon and Design for Scandal, both 2023) were placed on chairs that had been draped with the room’s silky curtains. Think sleazy boudoir. Rhys Lee’s amazing Happy Couple on a Windy Day (2021), with whiffs of German neo-expressionism, balanced happily on a bentwood.