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Artists

  • Tim Allen

    Tim received a BA (visual art) and an MFA (research) from COFA (UNSW). He has been exhibiting and teaching for 20 years and has had 16 solo commercial gallery exhibitions.

    In Sydney he is represented by Defiance Gallery. In 2015 he engaged in an artist residency and cross cultural exchange program in Hong Kong and China, leading to an exhibition in Hong Kong in November 2015.

    He has been a selected finalist over 20 times in many of Australia’s leading art prizes including NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize, Wynne Prize AGNSW, Dobell Prize AGNSW, Kedumba Drawing Award, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and Paddington Art Prize.

    Link to Tim’s website

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  • Tanya Baily

    Painting figurative works or hard-edged abstracts, Tanya Baily’s passion is the nuance of visual language as expressed through colour, tone, materiality and composition.

    "My interest is not in detached reporting, but in expressing ideas and emotions. I encourage students to deepen their sensitivity to visual expression, and to increase their knowledge of paint mediums and techniques."

    Tanya studied at the Chelsea school of Art, London: Foundation Course and COFA, UNSW, Sydney: MA painting.

    Link to Tanya's website

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  • Karen Ball

    Karen has a Bachelor of Visual art (Hons1st class) and Master of Visual Art from Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney). Karen makes print-based, conceptual, two and three dimensional works. In addition to her art practice, Karen is an arts writer, contributing print based articles to Collections Magazine (University of Melbourne) and Imprint magazine (The Print Council of Australia). Karen is a member of, and has held executive positions for Sydney Printmakers and Open Bite Printmakers, NSW.

    "I enjoy teaching others the wonders of printmaking. My classes include experienced and beginner printmakers – everyone learns from each other. I encourage each student to find their own aesthetic and make prints which are personal to them. That usually means each student is working on something different which adds to the interest for all. As a class, we talk about context, art history, composition and what makes an image work successfully. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly, inclusive." ↑ back to top

  • Pina Bartolo

    My life goal is to experience the world and myself deeply. Making art and teaching art are some of the ways I have discovered I can do this. I think we are all born with a lot of creative energy and curiosity. I have utmost respect for all creative expression professional and amateur and I love working with people in this environment. Teaching a diverse group of people with different skill levels and motivation requires a diverse and flexible teaching approach. Art is very personal and I have often described my teaching approach as being like a ‘smorgasbord’ in that I provide a broad range of ideas and technical approaches from which students can select and respond to those elements that suit their ‘creative tastes’.

    Pina has a Bachelor Visual Arts COFA (UNSW) majoring in painting and Drawing and a Fine Art Diploma from Seaforth TAFE majoring in painting and minor in printmaking

    Link to Pina's website

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  • Jane Blundell

    Jane Blundell’s work covers and range of media – watercolours, pen and ink, collage, pastels, acrylic, oils and etching – often incorporating several into a single work. Of all of these her favourite is watercolour, which she has been exploring for over 30 years. Jane has been teaching since she was a teenager and loves working with people of all ages and sharing the joys of learning. She is passionate about watercolour and all that can be done with it, and encourage students to find their own style through a number of exercises and projects that eventually give them the confidence to start on their own style and work. Many of Jane’s students are exhibiting, winning prizes and selling in their own right.

    Jane is a Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute.

    Link to Jane's website and blog

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  • Kassandra Bossell

    Kassandra Bossell is a professional freelance sculptor, designer, mould maker and props maker. She graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in sculpture. She has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne and Berlin and in group exhibitions around Sydney including Fox Studios, Customs House, 151 Gallery, Artspace and The Performance Space. Kassandra achieved the Steven Lardner Award for Excellence in Adult Education in 1997. Professional commissions in a broad range of forms include work for the 2006 Asian Games, the Powerhouse Museum, Opera Australia, Old Parliament House, Fox Studios and Sydney Theatre Company. Her puppets, masks, paintings and sculptures reflect a versatile artistry from the satirical to the fantastical and whimsical.

    Kassandra’s artwork explores the interconnection of all life forms through states of transformation, cycles of life and death, and links between micro and macro worlds. While retaining organic qualities and a sense of transience, her work occupies the liminal zones or meeting places of art, science, imagination and memory. Her works deal with our experiential and cultural relationship with the natural world, often in response to specific sites or environments.

    Since 1995 Kassandra has taught a huge range of topics including drawing, painting and sculpture classes to children and adults throughout Sydney and in 2003 was lecturer in sculpture at the National Art School, Sydney.

    image supplied St George & Sutherland Leader

    Link to Kassandra's website

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  • Laura Carey

    Laura is an Irish artist & printmaker now living in Sydney. Her work focuses on her response to the environments that we live in, depicting the familiar in unfamiliar ways. Laura has been teaching art for over 10 years both in Ireland and Sydney. She received a BFA with honours from the National College of Art and Design Ireland in 2007 and after coming to Australia she completed postgraduate studies majoring in printmaking at College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 2009. Since completing her studies she has continued her teaching and art practice, participating in various solo and group shows both in Australia and internationally.

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  • Louisa Chircop

    Louisa Chircop has a Masters of Fine Arts (Research) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons 1st Class) from UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA), with previous study at TAFE (Associate Dip Fine Arts). Her academic achievements include Highest Achievement Award and State Commission Medal for Fine Arts for the Highest Pass in NSW (Tafe), a Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship from Art Gallery of NSW, nomination by the Dean as the Highest Achiever in the BFA Degree and an Australian Post Graduate Award Scholarship.

    Louisa has over 10 years experience teaching painting and drawing to adults, tertiary students and high school students. She is currently a lecturer in painting and drawing at the Australian Catholic University, a workshop tutor at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and previously worked as a sessional lecturer at TAFE, COFA UNSW, and the University of Western Sydney.

    Louisa exhibition history includes eight solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions, her most recent solo at the Adelaide Perry Gallery was part of an invitation Artist-in-Residence Program at PLC Sydney and Bundanon Trust. Louisa has been awarded numerous prizes including winner of the Friends of Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Winner of the Fisher’s Ghost James Gleeson Award 2013. She has been a finalist in the Dobell Prize for Drawing at the Art Gallery of NSW. Her work is held in The Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawing, PLC Sydney, Adelaide Perry Gallery, The Michael and Marilyn Reardon-­Small Collection, International Drawing Institute Archive, COFA UNSW, Josef Lebovic Gallery Collection, Southern Sydney Institute of TAFE and private collections in Sydney.

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    Image credit: Bob Hughes

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  • Janis Clarke

    Janis Clarke completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School in Darlinghurst, Sydney. He has been selected as a finalist in various major prizes including The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Chippendale New World Art Prize and the Rick Amor Drawing Prize amongst others. He has had several solo exhibitions including a recent exhibition at the prestigious Juniper Hall as a guest of the Moran Arts Foundation. His work is marked by a characteristic, austere approach to spatiality, depth of colour, and an idiosyncratic painterly mark derived from his interest in transient and obscure subject matter. Janis' friendly and approachable teaching style encourages students to have fun whilst discovering their creative strengths and building on them.

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  • Justine Daverio

    Justine Daverio is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes painting, sculpture, photography and digital art. Justine gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class honours from UNSW College of Fine Arts and has a Bachelor of teaching in Visual Arts. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, Justine is currently studying towards a Masters of Fine Arts (by Research) at the University of Sydney. Originally a decorative painter, she also holds a diploma from the Paris Institute of Decorative Painting in France, and has worked on public and private buildings in Paris, London and Sydney.

    A devoted art educator, Justine works to provide a nurturing environment in her classes in which every student feels safe to take risks and extend themselves.

    ‘I want every student to leave the class having achieved something they did not think they were capable of doing beforehand’.

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  • Kate de Kantzow

    Kate de Kantzow has always had a passion for art and studied art and design throughout school. She completed a Certificate in Fashion and Fashion Design at the University of Darwin as well as a Certificate in Graphic Design at Enmore College of Design. Kate designs bespoke stationery for boutique homeware stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, NZ and London. Kate specialises in wedding stationery and personal stationery and has a wide variety of clients such as Australian Harpers Bazaar, Inside Out magazines, YSL Beaute, Witchery and Croser sparkling wine.

    Kate teaches art to kids during the school holidays and does regular adult weekend workshops.

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  • Julia Flanagan

    Originally from Newcastle, Julia now lives and works in Sydney. Julia completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School in 2005 majoring in painting. Julia exhibits her work in group and solo exhibitions across Sydney and Newcastle. Her most recent solo exhibition Every Now and Then was at Sheffer Gallery in early 2016. Julia’s vibrant and lyrical paintings represent fragments of her daily life. Her work combines accidental forms with conscious mark making, patterns and colours, forming layers and creating pathways through the surface. As well as her art practice, Julia is owner/designer at Frejj a Sydney based leather accessory label.

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  • Peter Griffen

    Born in Adelaide in 1948, Peter Griffen has been painting for over forty years. He lives and works in his warehouse studio in the inner west of Sydney and travels throughout Australia and overseas exhibiting and teaching.

    He has had over fifty solo exhibitions in Australia, five exhibitions in London, three in Paris, two in St Tropez, one in Lyon and one in New Zealand. His participation in group exhibitions is also widespread; art fairs in Canada, UK, Belgium, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney, he has been a finalist in the Blake, Sulman, Dobell, Fleurieu, Eutick, Alice, Faber-Castell, Fishers Ghost, Biennale Internationale du Pastel (France) and has been invited to exhibit in the Tattersalls Landscape Exhibition and Messagers de la Terre (France). This year he won the Muswellbrook aquisitive prize for works on paper.

    The Macquarie University and Qantas have large collections of his work and Griffen’s work is in numerous other public and private collections world wide. His commissions are many and include Public Art for Keaman Constructions in Sydney

    Peter has been teaching workshops for over 15 years throughout Australia, and in New Zealand, Italy, UK and USA.

    Link to Peter's website.

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  • Carla Hananiah

    Carla is known for her landscape works that explore a sense of place through movement, light and colour primarily through the medium of oil paint.  She has a Master of Fine Art (COFA), Master of Art (COFA), Bachelor of Fine Art (COFA) as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

    Carla has won numerous prestigious art awards including the Hornsby Art Prize, 2011, The John Coburn Emerging Artist Award, Blake Society 2011, Winsor and Newton Start Your Studio Scholarship 2011 and was Second Runner Up Prize, UNSW Arc Annual Exhibition at Kudos Gallery 2009. Carla won the Mosman Art Society Viewer’s Choice Award at the 2012 Mosman Art Prize.

    Her teaching approach is enthusiastic, patient and hands on with reference to other practitioners' works either historically or contemporarily. Her desire is to bring the best out of her students and see them develop in confidence both technically and conceptually.

    Carla exhibits at Art House Gallery in Sydney.

    Link to Carla's website

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  • Jan Handel

    Jan is a practicing artist who has been teaching art and design for over 15 years. In 2013 Jan completed a Bachelor of Fine Art  (National Art School), and was awarded the John McCaughey Prize for painting.  Her previous qualifications include a Dip. Fine Art (Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank TAFE), Dip. Visual Art  (School of Colour and Design, Sydney) and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. She also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy).

    Jan has been a finalist in many Sydney art prizes, including the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize (2012), the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2008), and the Mosman Art Prize (2008, 2009). She has exhibited in group shows since 2004. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, USA and France.

    Jan’s practice includes painting, drawing, monotype printing, collage and mixed media, and small object making.

    Jan believes that we all have a creative soul and, with nurturing and encouragement, an ability to learn the skills and joy of  ‘seeing’ and drawing.  Most of all, she just loves teaching!

    Link to Jan's website

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  • Sarah Harvie

    Sarah graduated in 1996 with a BA in fine art and sculpture with honours, from the Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Fine Art, England.

    Sarah works with a variety of mediums, specialising in fabric inflatable sculptures. Her work incorporates the visual, interactive and functional elements of the sculptural medium. She is passionate about the development of new and exciting sculptural experiences that brings people in contact with shifting perspectives. She has a wide experience of working collaboratively with others, to realise a shared vision through the development of visual and interactive displays.

    Sarah has received both private and government grants to develop and teach 3D design programs for youth and adults and is passionate about programs that utilize creativity through play. Sarah has the ability to inspire and develop confidence in her students and facilitate the progression from play to the process of design and realisation.

    Sarah’s works have been exhibited in a range of contexts such as exhibitions, theatres, music venues, festivals on television and circus performance. She has been invited to show her works in exhibition such as  ‘Art of Sydney’ in 2008, The ‘Biennale’ in Florence, Italy 2007 and ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Sydney and Perth, Australia in 2005, 2011 and 2014.

    Link to Sarah's website

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  • Laura Jade Hindes

    Laura has a varied educational background, holding a Masters in Illumination Design from the University of Technology Sydney, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (National Art School, Sydney) and further studies in biology, science communication, curation and museum studies. Laura is also the creative director of Brainlight, an interactive brain installation that lights up with the power of your mind.

    Laura is both a painter, sculptor, illumination artist and interaction designer whose work fuses the multidisciplinary fields of art, biology, illumination design, neuroscience and BCI (brain-computer interface) technology to explore new ways of perceiving and interacting with our inner biological processes.

    Laura has had work presented at major Australian festivals including Vivid, BEAMS and Woodford Folk Festival. She has at institutions across Australia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Powerhouse Museum, the Australian Museum, the S.A Natural History Museum and the National Archives in Canberra and recently presented a keynote demonstration of her project Brainlight at the ‘Hoy Es Diseno’ (Design of the Future) conference at ICESI University, Cali Colombia in 2015.

    www.laurajade.com.au

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  • Juliet Holmes à Court

    Juliet Holmes à Court has had 13 solo shows, exhibiting at the Australian Galleries, Sydney and Melbourne, Mosman and Manly Regional Galleries. She has won the Waverley Oil Prize and her work has been hung in the Archibald, Paddington, Mosman, Mornington Peninsula and Portia Geach Prizes and more. Juliet regularly teaches term classes and workshops including painting workshops and lecturers at the AGNSW for 15 years and now lives on Scotland Island.

    Juliet believes being an artist is about wrestling with shape, colour, composition and the sheer stuff of paint and how you learn to work it so it becomes your language to communicate.

    "Painting must communicate our feelings. This is why as painters we must learn to use our paint to carry those thoughts and ideas. My classes are fun and information packed, where I aim to give you the richest art learning experience possible... sharing everything I wish I’d been taught when I’d studied, but have since learnt over 30 years as a practising artist."

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  • Alex Karaconji

    Alex Karaconji is a Sydney based artist who recently completed his Masters of Fine Arts at the National Art School in 2016. His work has awarded him the Jocelyn Maughn Sketchbook Prize (2014), the Parkers Sydney Fine Art Drawing Prize (2014), and appears in private and government collections including the City of Sydney Council and Art Bank.

    In his practice, Alex uses a variety of mediums – from oil painting to animation – to depict what Charles Baudelaire describes as “the epic side of actual life”. In the last two years, Alex has used the figure of the flaneur as a vehicle for his investigations into the world around him. The flaneur harks back to Paris in the 19th century, where it was used to describe an observant, solitary person who wandered around the city. The flaneur’s historical origins overlap with other towering figures such as Charles Baudelaire, Edouard Manet and the Impressionists. These artists and writers were passionate about the epic side of everyday life. It is this same revolutionary desire to record mundane aspects of the physical world that informs a large part of Alex’s art practice.

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  • Nicole Kelly

    Nicole Kelly has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from National Art School, Sydney and works across drawing and painting with a particular interest in the landscape genre. Nicole has held 8 solo exhibitions in Sydney. She has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Nicole’s work is represented in the Shoalhaven City Arts collection, Moran Arts collection, Foxtel collection and private collections in Australia and England.

    In 2009 Nicole was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. She has been awarded residencies at the AADK in Spain, Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France and Bundanon NSW. Nicole received the Glebe Youth Art Award, the Hazelhurst Local Artist Award, the Gruner Prize and the Robert Le Gay Brereton Drawing Prize. Nicole has lectured at National Art School and facilitated workshops in partnership with the Sydney BEAMS festival.

    Nicole teaches at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Art.Est Art School and sits on the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Exhibition Committee.

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  • Ochre Lawson

    Ochre Lawson is an experienced art tutor of 8 years and practicing artist of ten years, teaching and exhibiting in drawing, painting and sculpture mediums. She has a BA in Fine Art from the National Art School in Sydney, a Diploma of Fine Art from Southbank Institute of Tafe, Brisbane, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

    Her teaching philosophy is to facilitate her students' own style and creativity to emerge through structured lessons in art practice and theory, that incorporate visual references and demonstrations in different mediums and techniques.

    As a practicing artist Ochre has had solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane, Alice Springs and Northern NSW and is represented in private collections in Australia and Europe. She has completed several artist residencies at the ‘Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiative’ in the Blue Mountains. Ochre has been a finalist in various art prizes such as the Defiance Small Sculpture Prize, Gosford Regional Art Prize, Waverley Woollahra Art Prize and has won awards in painting and sculpture.

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  • Seraphina Martin

    Seraphina Martin studied printmaking at the National Art School in Paris, moving to Sydney in 1979 to teach at the Sydney University Art Workshop. She was the recipient of the N.S.W Art Gallery, Moya Dyring Studio residency in Paris at the Cite Des Arts and during her residency, she studied the Viscosity colour printing at the Atelier 17 under the notorious Master printer William Hayter. She then trained with American printmaker Dan Welden who initiated the non toxic printmaking technique called Solar Plate Etching. Since then, Seraphina has developed this method in her own art practice as well as teaching the process to promote safe and non- toxic printmaking. She initiated the printmaking studio and taught printmaking at The Tin Sheds Art Workshop, Sydney University for 35 years as well as at TAFE N.S.W at Meadowbank and Hornsby.

    In 2009 she was a delegate for Australia, to select Australian printmakers to participate in the International Printmaking Biennale in Sarcelles, France. Seraphina travelled to India in 2011, to take up an Artist in Residency at the Government School of Art in Calcutta. There she taught Solar Plate etching as well as the Kola Bhavan University in Shantineketan, West Bengal..In 2014 a survey show of her work was held at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Sydney from 1990-2014. Her work is influenced by her Indian experience and Medieval art aesthetics. Seraphina has had many solo and group exhibitions and is represented in many public and private collections in Australia and Overseas.

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  • Mie Mawson

    Mie completed a 4 year course of Drawing, Painting (Acrylic, Gouache) and Clay Modeling  at Yoyogi Seminar Formative Arts School in Japan. She also holds a Bachelor of Graphic Design at Tohoku University of Art and Design, and studied Drawing, Oil painting and Duplication at Sophia Art School Tokyo where she also taught for four years.

    Mie’s understands how beginners feel about learning art and likes to instruct individually, step by step, flexibly and friendly.

    Mie likes to help people to experience the joy of discovering and creating, while learning real skills. She enjoys teaching both children and adults, and when not in her own studio painting, enjoys singing in a choir.

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  • Paul McCarthy

    Paul has been painting and selling his work for the last 25 years. At the end of 2000 he left the corporate world where he worked in logistics management  to paint full time. In those endeavours he has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions both here and overseas, including a joint exhibition in Soho New York in 2001.

    Paul has worked extensively as a community artist in varied capacities including working with a remote aboriginal community, high schools, and acting curator for the Sydney Children’s Hospital. He has also coordinated several groups of volunteers working with groups covering the Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as well as adults with disabilities at Studio Artes Hornsby.

    He is a sought after prize winning tutor who brings a sense of fun and excitement to the classroom, encourages individuality as well as developing design composition and colour skills.

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  • Kevin McKay

    Kevin McKay is an urban landscape painter who composes his work in the studio and en plein air. He holds a Masters in Fine Art from the National Art School and accolades include the Basil & Muriel Hooper Scholarship from the AGNSW 2006, the Sydney City of Villages Art Prize 2009, the William Fletcher Foundation’s Scholarship to The British School at Rome 2011, the Kogarah Emerging Artist Prize 2012, the Waverley Oil Painting Prize 2013, and the Allan Gamble Memorial Prize (Mosman Art Prize) 2015.

    Mr McKay’s work responds to place and involves repeated and sustained excursions into the environment. Plein air studies inform his studio paintings, which typically depict architectural spaces where formal and geometric considerations are countered by the nuance of atmosphere and light. The historical is often contrasted with the contemporary in eerily empty road-based compositions where urban transience is juxtaposed with classical form.

    Kevin has a studio in Sutherland where he lives with his young family, is represented in numerous collections, and is currently exhibiting at Brenda May Gallery, Danks St, Waterloo. He has taught at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Grammar School, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Waverley Woollahra Art School and the National Art School.

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  • Sam McNair

    Samuel McNair a professional caricaturist and illustrator who also conducts specialised cartoon workshops for young artists. His approach to teaching customises lessons suited to each age group and which aim to develop the skills and trigger the imagination of students. Younger classes focus on shapes, symbols and expressions, the elder students will be given a more in depth view into design, technique and character.

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  • Matilda Michell

    Matilda graduated from the National Art School in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in painting. Since graduating, she was the overall winner in the Waterhouse Art Prize and has been a finalist in many other prestigious art awards including the Eutick Memorial Still life Award, the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Awards and the AME Bale Art Prize.

    During her time at the National Art School she was the recipient of a William Fletcher Foundation Grant and the Pata Paris Studio Residency Award. She won the Art History and Theory Prize in both first and third year, and was highly commended in the John Olsen prize for Figure Drawing and the Arthur le Gay Brereton Draughtsmanship award. Matilda also has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Media Arts and Production, and a Bachelor of International Studies from UTS.

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  • Sally Mowbray

    Sally Mowbray studied Fine Art in London at Camberwell School of Art (Foundation) Chelsea College of Art (Painting BA 1st Class Honours) and at the Royal College of Art (MA Painting). After graduating, Sally was part of the Notcut artist run studio and gallery space in Southwark London. She was a recipient of the Erasmus visual artists Scholarship to Berlin in 1995 and the Royal College of Art Cite Des Arts Residency in 1994. She was twice shortlisted for the British School at Rome Residency.

    Since returning to Sydney, she has been teaching, painting and developing new work. She has work in collections in the UK USA Switzerland and Australia. Commissions available.

    Link to Sally's website

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  • Susie Murphie

    Susie has been a watercolour artist for 30 years and decided to share her passion for watercolour painting through teaching.

    "I teach a loose approach to painting. Very much ‘less is more’. I like to have fun in my lessons and do not hold back when someone is not doing the right thing. In the nicest possible way of course! I certainly give lots of praise too. I try to give students confidence in their ability and believe that you only need basic drawing skills with watercolour. If the paint is properly applied, you will end up with a lovely painting.

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  • Mignon Parker

    Mignon Parker is a Sydney based artist living and working from her Northern Beaches home and studio. Mignon’s foray into the art world began at the North Sydney Technical College after which she went on to attend the National Art School’s Diploma of Design before being offered employment in the advertising industry in Sydney.

    During her career in the arts Mignon has remained a prolific artist, submitting work for mass media publications, teaching and conducting workshops at well established schools such as the Northbridge School of Arts, Art East School of Art at Leichhardt, Grafton Artsfest, Art in Action, Mitchell School of Creative Arts at the Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, McGregor Schools University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Bribie Island Artfest and many other workshops state wide.

    Mignon’s work is not limited to one style, rather a unique and diverse ride through many different styles and techniques. Her love of flowers and the figure are reflected in the work she presents. Mignon works in a diverse range of media such as watercolour, acrylic, oil, rust oxidisation, patinas and encaustic. Inspired by nature her passion is colour and texture and her work continues to evolve and engage the viewer with new images.

    Mignon has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is represented in various galleries and private and corporate collections in England, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

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  • Meaghan Potter

    Meaghan Potter has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics) with Honours (Drawing ) from the National Art School in Sydney. Meaghan will complete her Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Western Sydney in 2015. She has taught a variety of art programs to children in the Blue Mountains, where she resides.

    Meaghan creates expressive abstracted drawings using charcoal and watercolour, taking familiar elements of art and nature and revealing their complexities. She is intrigued and inspired by the colour and pattern of fur, feathers, scales and all animal coats. The drawings speak of both a complex biological evolution within animal patterning and colour as well as the pareidolia effect in the human brain; that is the ability to envisage a familiar image within an environment where it does not exist.

    Link to Meaghan's website

    Meaghan is represented by M. Contemporary in Sydney.

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  • Belinda Richmond

    Belinda Richmond is a trained high school art teacher, having studied Fine Arts at Sydney University. She currently teaches at an inner west primary school.

    "I’m passionate about providing students with opportunities to explore and make sense of their visual world by providing a rich learning environment through discussion, demonstration, guidance and access to a variety of art materials."

    When not teaching Belinda likes to experiment in her home studio with a range of media, particularly monotypes and collage.

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  • Agnes Tyson

    Agnes Tyson studied at the New York Studio School and completed her Bachelor of Fine Art Honours (First Class) and Master of Fine Art in painting at the National Art School, Sydney Australia. Agnes received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and Reg Richardson Travel Scholarship. She has also received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant alon with residencies at the Cite International des Arts (Paris) and Bundanon Trust (Australia). Her works are held in public collections including St Vincents Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and private collections.

    In her artwork, Agnes creates the illusion of space or flatness through constructing relationships of colour, tone, line and shape. Her paintings work both as recognisable images that may spark one’s experience, memory and imagination as well as abstract compositions of shape and colour.

    As an artist, Agnes sees herself as a craftsperson. The human touch is evident in all stages of her work from making boards, building frames, stretching canvas to collaging and painting. She frequently uses collage in her work; she glues canvas on to board and then paints the board and glued canvas. In her works on paper, she first paints sheets of cotton paper and then cuts and glues the cut paper on to board. She uses this method to see, to emphasise or contradict spacial expectations and to create a dynamic surface.

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  • Jennifer McNamara – Director

    Founder and Director, Jennifer McNamara, has a passion for art that guides her own creative journey. Art has always been her passion, and her etchings were selected for the HSC Art Express. A year living in Japan as an exchange student then took her to study Japanese at Canberra University where she attained a Bachelor of Arts.

    An opportunity to work on a Japanese arts festival in Sydney, “Close Up of Japan 1988” led to a career spanning over 20 years in the arts. She has managed programs for significant events and institutions including the 1988 Biennale of Sydney and the Australian Bicentennial Authority, Toga Theatre Festival Japan, First International Covent Garden Festival London, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Her background in public programs, festivals, business events and marketing, combined with her passion for art has culminated in fulfilling her dream to open an art school.

    Jennifer believes everyone has some artistic ability, and with the right environment and the best teachers, anyone can discover their inner artist. Her desire to inspire an artistic future in people of all ages has led her to establish Art Est., and is guiding the principles under which Art Est. operates.

    Jen is still searching for her work-life balance but loving every minute of Art Est.

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  • Lisa Woolfe – Administrator and Gallery Coordinator

    Lisa works part-time in the Art Est. office providing administration support as well as the curation of the Art Est. gallery space.

    Lisa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, UNSW Art & Design (formerly COFA) with Honours from National Art School, Sydney. She also studied at Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney Gallery School Meadowbank TAFE (Dip Fine Arts).

    Lisa regularly exhibits her work in Australia. She has been a finalist in numerous art awards including the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Burnie Print Prize and Mosman Art Prize. Among other awards, she received the Earle Backen Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, and was a recipient of a William Fletcher Foundation Tertiary Grant. She recently co-curated an exhibition of Australian Contemporary Drawing called ‘Just Draw’ at Newcastle Art Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

    Her work is held in private collections in Australia and the United Kingdom.

    Link to Lisa's website

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  • Pablo the Art Dog

    Pablo is Jennifer’s Cavoodle (Cavalier x Poodle) and is named after Picasso. He is a regular at Art Est. and a favourite of students of all ages.  Pablo also inspired our now annual WOOF! exhibition of paintings about dogs held in July each year.

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