“My current practice is a form of escapism, a combination of calculated planning and intuitive mark making. The beauty of Sydney offers never ending inspiration, and it’s the light and “those moments” that I am drawn to through the lens of my camera. My painting process shifts to capture different emotional responses on the one surface, which often translate through the tensions between the natural environment with man-made world. Painting on a large scale enables me the space to explore the immediate quality of the paint and the freedom to unleash an energetic response which is always driven by music”
Catriona Pollard’s work is inspired by the connection and relationship we have with our environment and the beauty it shares with us. As an accomplished contemporary sculptural basketry artist, she is gifted with the ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Predominately using only foraged organic material, she uses nature to connect with people that goes beyond physical beauty, and touches them in a personal and profound way.
Her work is profiled across major art and design media and is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections.
Her work is described as emotionally-authentic, uniquely contemporary, raw and visually stunning. She’s had a solo exhibition, been numerous group and selected exhibitions and has been shortlisted as Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW and finalist numerous art prizes and awards.
"My work begins with walking: along the Sydney coastline, over the coastal rock platforms, up on the cliffs, or sitting on the beach, observing the effect of light on water. Large seascapes start with quick studies and drawings made en plein air. Back in my Sydney art studio, I apply the rich buttery oil paint with brush and palette knife to create contemporary Australian landscapes.
My coastal oil paintings explore that mysterious, elusive, tidal boundary between land and sea. The ocean is always in motion, the land changing with its rhythms. Hovering at times on the edge of abstraction, I aim to simply observe and celebrate the beauty and joy contained in the boundaries of the ocean, that last great wilderness.
Even a glimpse of the coast brings a sense of calm and reflection. The mind can wander, stress lifts. All weathers, all colours, the sea can be slate grey or bright aqua; deepest indigo or white with light and reflection. My empty coastal paintings are mirrors; they reflect back something of yourself – time stops walking, and takes on different hues. Whatever the colour, it lifts my mood.
Fiona Chandler is a mixed media artist who lives in Freshwater, Sydney. Interested in capturing the beauty of the natural world, specifically nature’s colours and texture. Depicting nature at its most vulnerable. A former Warringah Council’s Artist in Residence, she created Harbord Public School’s first Artist in Residence programme.
Fiona Established the Conversations with Creative Women Series at Manly Art Gallery in conjunction with the Creative Women’s Circle in Melbourne. Fiona has been a finalist in the Small Things Art Prize in Woollahra, the Manly Regional Gallery, and has exhibited in group shows throughout Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Newcastle and a Masters in Design from the University of Technology Sydney.
After 18 years as a designer/illustrator, in 2014 Fiona made the leap to becoming a full time artist. Fiona’s works live with people excited by colour and nature. By working with watercolour and mixed media, Fiona creates a fluidity in the work, subtle washes, bright colours, and fine lines that gently move across large pieces of paper and the canvas. The idea of decay highlights the ecological crisis, even though Fiona’s artworks appeal to the beauty of aesthetics, they can serve as a reminder to notice and love the environment we live in.
Monique Tyacke is an Australian Artist living in Collaroy, Sydney Australia. She received her Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree from The University of Sydney - Sydney College of the Arts, in 1993.
For almost 10 years New York City was home, and Monique immersed herself into the NY art scene by studying various short Courses at some of the best Art Schools in New York. On weekends she sold her paintings and drawings on the streets of Soho, and was included in several group exhibitions.
Monique's on-going painting series "Under the Sun", explores everyday life on the Australian coastline using her abstract, simplified style. The ocean, coastal landscape, and how people interact with their surroundings, are a constant source of inspiration for her paintings. They have a feeling of nostalgia, usually a memory of a particular time or place that was once experienced.
Monique paints on canvas, wood panels or heavy weight Arches paper. Her simplified blocks of colour require 3 or 4 layers to make them opaque and she never blends colours on the canvas, Monique paints as if each colour has its own area to rest next to another colour, giving it a graphic quality.
New Zealand born, Jaimee Paul is a visual artist whose work focuses on Art For Purpose. Creating animal portraits and Curatorial projects to raise awareness and funds for the natural world. “Animals have a certain place and voice inside those that are listening. An artwork has the power to evoke emotions from audiences not usually partial to stare inside the eyes and soul of a furry being. Fostering personal connections between human viewer and animal subject I hope to fulfill my purpose of creating meaningful art, leading to positive changes in today’s global climate, not matter how big or small.”
Graduating with a Bachelor of Design in 2016 from UNSW Art and Design, Jaimee is a freelance illustrator with The Drawing Arm, and an art tutor and resident of La Crème Creative Inc on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Jaimee has been in many group exhibitions, has work in collections worldwide, was winner of the Royal Doulton and UNSW Art and Design Award in 2014. She has curated the NinetyFive Percent ocean conservation art exhibitions and was an exhibiting artist at Melbourne's The Other Art Fair.
Jessica Watts works with oil paint on vintage ephemera to explore stereotypes relating to feminine identity. Through the years she has amassed all sorts of printed matter which she revives in her artwork.
Her collection of 1940s wallpaper is the inspiration for her acclaimed series of work “Wallflower”. The series is an exploration into beauty: in particular, how appearances relate to the inner self.
Jessica received a Bachelor of Design with Honours and the University Medal from UTS before working as an award winning art director for over a decade in New York, She has been a full time artist since 2010.
Her most recent solo show was in March 2017 at the prestigious Bunkamura Gallery in Tokyo. Jessica is represented by Retrospect Galleries in NSW, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace QLD, Lans Gallery Hong Kong and Art Obsession Inc Tokyo.
Whilst I make from and within, whatever environment I find myself in, it is not my intention to impose myself upon the landscape, but to reapply what already exists there, to reconstruct what has been discarded by nature or man.
To present the familiar in an unfamiliar way, to draw attention to what is sometimes ignored, in our haste to travel through life. To encourage people to slow down and look at their own everyday world a little more carefully, to nurture and preserve it and to remind the viewer that all is perishable ........ even us.
Montgomery is a Tasmanian born artist and printmaker living in Sydney. Etching is at the heart of her art practice. Sarah is drawn to the process of etching layers and tones into copper, making printing plates, recording natures intricate details and natural patterns.
These artworks depict a space to think, to be grounded. Life measured by moments of observation.
The imagery builds with fallen flora and fauna. Collections found, gifts given, overlays of embossed leaves, sketched seed pods with curled edges and delicate lines. Burred, black, brittle stems, contrast with white spaces and circle motifs. These signature marks and motifs describe beautiful places and allow personal interpretation of the textured and embossed prints.
There is a story, it is your own . . . There is an open-ended narrative in the work, an echo of your human connection or dislocation.
Journal entry: “The ink glides smoothly across the plate, the contours and hollows softened with mustard hues, and steely greys. The drawings overlap and many lines give shape to a detailed printing plate, a new story begins...” Sarah Montgomery
I am an artist based in Northern Sydney. My artistic practice is a combination of porcelain ceramics and mixed media contemporary illustration and painting on paper and canvas.
My work has been shown in galleries, exhibitions and retail spaces in Queensland, Sydney, regional NSW, Victoria and South Australia. My professional artistic journey started with arms elbow deep in clay, finding the sensory experience of working with clay both therapeutic and liberating. Over time this lead me to explore the same sense on paper and canvas incorporating different textures and materials to take the viewer on both a visual and sensory journey. I have a passion for getting art to tell stories, sometimes these stories are predefined or directed by the title of the works on display and sometimes the viewer goes beyond the structure and journeys through their own story by simply observing and experiencing the emotion they encounter. When I make art, I don’t have a plan, it is the one part of my life that has not been wholly thought out and as a result leaves me vulnerable and exposed. Through this raw communication my hope is to connect with the world in an honest and authentic way.
Tricia Trinder creates her encaustic art from her home studio in Sydney’s leafy north. She manages her painting practice alongside a scrum of kids and an impressive backyard menagerie. She first started using encaustics in her work in 2009 and has since developed her own recognisable style. Her current Horizon Series of encaustic works is a contemplation of the intriguing and soothing effect of gazing into the distance, where your eye is naturally led to the endless horizon.