Since graduating from the Queensland College of Art in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, I have been attracted to the unseen and undervalued beauty of the everyday. Artist Jeffrey Smart highlighted this attraction stating, "It's obvious a bunch of flowers… are beautiful, and I love natural beauty, but I am not moved by it... to me composition is everything". I choose to paint predominately from life, ‘en plein air’ rather than being alone in the studio. I find that when I'm outside I make better decisions about composition, colour, surface and tone. I have slowly moved away from literal depiction and into a style characterised by large impasto marks in oil paint, rich bursts of colours and the play of light and dark.


Education

2013: QUT Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Years)

2010 – 2012: Griffith University Bachelor of Fine Art Major Interdisciplinary Painting

Art Prizes

2018

Finalist - Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery (Sydney)

Finalist - ANL Art Prize, The Mission To Seafarers (Melbourne)

Finalist - QLD Figurative, RQAS (Brisbane)

Commendation - Lethbridge 10,000, Lethbridge Gallery (Brisbane)

Publications

2018

Brown, P. (2018, September 8). Courier Mail, p. 44-45. State Of The Art.

Purdon, F. (2018, September 2). U on Sunday [Sunday Mail], p.2o. State of Originality.

Maher, L. (2018, August 19). U on Sunday [Sunday Mail], p.23. What Comes Naturally.

Purdon, F. (2018, August 14). Brisbane News [Courier Mail], p.8. Picture Perfect.

Butt, A. (2018, February). Brisbane Art Guide. Work in the art of Gosia Wlodarczak, Dylan Jones and Chris Bennie

2017

Nine News. (2017, January). Brisbane Tradie Makes His Mark As Talented Artist

2016

Pottinger, S. (2016, June 24). The Chronicle (Toowoomba), p. 18. Exhibitions Full Of Diverse Works.

The Chronicle (Toowoomba). (2016, June 25, p. 31). Exhibitions Highlights Passion.

2013

Butler, R. (2013, March). The QCA School. Art Monthly Australia., 257, pg. 41.

Collections

Caboolture Regional Gallery

Exhibition

2019

Solo Show (Title TBC), Jan Manton Art, Brisbane

2018

First Impressions: The Valley Of Skies, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane

Keeping Afloat, St Cloche Gallery, Sydney

Marist Ashgrove Art Show, Marist College Ashgrove

From One Side To The Other, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane 

2017

New Horizons, Marist College Ashgrove

Creature of Habit, Jan Manton Art

Less Is More, Trinder Rd Art Gallery

2016

Not To Scale, Bosz Gallery

From A Distance, Feather & Lawry Gallery

2015

Relauch, Feather & Lawry Gallery

Tainted, Bosz Gallery

2014

Small Works Xmas Show, Bosz Gallery

You Plus Another You, Woolloongabba Art Gallery

2012

Provocations, RAW: Natural Born Artists