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The Dobell Prize for Drawing 2011

   3 December 2011

Congratulations to three artists represented by SDFA who have been chosen as Finalists in the 2011 Dobell Prize for Drawing: Tanya CHAITOW, David FAIRBAIRN & Graham FRANSELLA.

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Sherrie Knipe's work featured on the cover of

antiques & art in Queensland    November 2011

Congratulations to SDFA artist Sherrie Knipe whose work has been featured on the cover of the November 2011 - March 2012 issue of 'antiques & art in Queensland'. The work, titled Baggushka was selected as a finalist in the Stan and Maureen Duke Prize and is currently on display at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld.  ...more

 

Rod Holdaway Familiar Territory

   15 November - 17 December 2011

ROD HOLDAWAY'S tonal paintings and drawings of suburban life possess a kinetic intensity. HOLDAWAY's works encapsulate the ambience of city living through an applied jungle of pigment. He has a fascination with the built environment. Applying gestural lines, he traces his surroundings as if re-imagining them onto the page. As he fragments and dissects, winds and navigates his way through familiar streetscapes their materiality is simultaneously captured and dissolved. ...more

 

PORTFOLIO No 246 Miki Kubo

Craft Arts International No. 82    2011

Miki Kubo talks about the inspiration for her delicate engraved glass work in Craft Arts International magazine.

There are reasons for Nature being how it is. There is a perfection to it.  Nature does not have doubts or confusion. Nature doesn't "think" or "work things out". It knows - and there's a profound trust in that. Animals know what they are and what they are meant to do.

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Paul Higgs

   18 October - 12 November 2011

PAUL HIGGS' mixed media works are a considered balance of complex opposites.  HIGGS is well known for his commitment to abstraction and his latest body of work continues to develop his facility for marrying disparate elements in a manner that is energetic, communicative and meaningful. The inert and the frenetic, energy and rest, harmony and dissonance all find equilibrium in these playful and joyous collages. ...more

 

COMING SOON: a moveable feast at Danks St celebrating 10 years of art and food

By 2 Danks St galleries
   20 October 2011

2011 marks a decade since 2 Danks St's conception as a space to celebrate great contemporary art and wonderful food.

Wander from gallery to gallery for a walking canape degustation created by Jared Ingersoll and inspired by each exhibition, then finish up at Danks St Depot for a dessert and drinks following the event.

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Art Watch

By Anna Koorey
Home Beautiful    October 2011

Australian artist Viola Dominello's new works evoke the play of sunlight on water - specifically that of the beautiful Hawkesbury River in NSW.  ...more

 

Open Gallery 'Insight'

By Lynn Dwyer
Sydney Morning Herald    3 - 4 September 2011

David Fairbairn's portraits are all about the line. Jagged, alive and full of electric energy, these multimedia works are intensely engaging, drawing the viewer in to contemplate the inner life of the (usually) elderly sitter.  ...more

 

Viola Dominello New Work

   20 September - 15 October 2011

VIOLA DOMINELLO has a finely tuned sensibility and her dexterous images imbue the Australian landscape with unseen ancestral and cultural ties, invoking the inky landscapes of Chinese scholar painting just as they echo earlier en plein air watercolour landscapes of Italy. Responding to nature in her chosen mediums of charcoal, oil paint and watercolour DOMINELLO captures the shifting light and liquescent air of coastal vistas. ...more

 

Where to buy.... David Fairbairn: Insight

By Peter Wright
The Week    13 September 2011

The Week visits an exhibition in a private gallery. David Fairbairn: Insight at Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney. ...more

 

Wedderburn artist David Fairbairn presents his Insight exhibition

By Gabriella McNamee
Macarthur Chronicle    8 September 2011

AWARD-WINNING artist David Fairbairn is showcasing his new exhibition Insight at Stella Downer Fine Art until Saturday, September 17. ...more

 

Artist Talk David Fairbairn

   3 September 2011

Join David Fairbairn in the gallery from 3 - 4 pm  on Saturday 3 September 2011 as he discusses his current exhibition 'Insight'.

For more than twenty years DAVID FAIRBAIRN has been a leading Australian draftsman. His arresting portraits reveal a fascination with structure and presence. As he builds up his complex, textured surfaces, FAIRBAIRN strips back psychological barriers between subject and artist - revealing a stark and fragile humanity. DAVID FAIRBAIRN studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London during the 1970's and since moving to Australia in 1981 he has received over forty awards and prizes. FAIRBAIRN is extensively represented in both public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and all major regional galleries.

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'Lineage: David Fairbairn Selected Portraits 1998 - 2010'

Mosman Art Gallery    30 August 2011

David Fairbairn's travelling survey exhibition 'Lineage' is currently on exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery.

David Fairbairn is renowned for his distinctive drawings and his fascination for portraiture and the human form. His densely layered works on paper portray the inherent fragility and transient nature of human existence.

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Vale Joy Warren

By Leah Haynes
Art Monthly, Artnotes    August 2011

Sydney ceramic artist and art historian Dr Joyce (Joy) Warren passed away in July. Born in the UK in 1922, Joy exhibited for many years interspersed with a long academic career. ...more

 

Message in a bottle Out and About NSW, ACT

By Bridget Cormack
The Australian    24 August 2011

"Like the Chinese condition," Liu Zhuoquan says, "the act of painting inside a tight, curved space can be difficult and frustrating." The Beijing based artist uses a technique pioneered in snuff bottle painting to decorate the insides of bottles with social commentary. ...more

 

David Fairbairn Insight

   23 August - 17 September 2011

For more than twenty years DAVID FAIRBAIRN has been a leading Australian draftsman. His arresting portraits reveal a fascination with structure and presence. As he builds up his complex, textured surfaces, FAIRBAIRN strips back psychological barriers between subject and artist - revealing a stark and fragile humanity. DAVID FAIRBAIRN studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London during the 1970's and since moving to Australia in 1981 he has received over forty awards and prizes. FAIRBAIRN is extensively represented in both public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and all major regional galleries. ...more

 

See, touch and carry this David

By Elias Jahshan
the Advocate    23 August 2011

HORNSBY: The statue of David by Michaelangelo has arrived in Hornsby.

Well, maybe not the real deal, but a rough interpretation by local sculptor John Wright. And if you want to see him in all his glory and touch him, then you better be quick.

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Guy Stuart, still making his mark.

By Jeannette Davison
www.isiiad.com.au    23 August 2011

Jeannette Davison has written a feature on artist Guy Stuart on her arts and design blog isiiad.

Once again, I find that Warrandyte is host to one of Melbourne's most notable artists.  A quick glance at Guy Stuart's bio reveals an exhibition history spanning 50 years. His work has been collected by pretty much every major public gallery in this country, not to mention eight regional galleries, TarraWarra Museum of Art included. 

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A true master of her craft Joy Warren

By Guy Warren
Sydney Morning Herald    20 August 2011

Dr Joy Warren was a teacher, a potter and an example to all that it is never too late to upgrade your education.

 


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CHINESE NEXUS

By Lynne Dwyer
Sydney Morning Herald    30 - 31 July 2011

A group show by five young Beijing artists ranges from ink-on-rice-paper abstract landscapes by Lao Dan to Liu Zhuoquan's Black Snake writhing across eight hand-painted glass bottles.  ...more

 

Dr Joyce (Joy) Warren 1922 - 2011

By Stella Downer
   27 July 2011

We were very sad to learn that Joy Warren died six days ago.  Her funeral was held today, 27 July 2011.

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Feature Exhibition Chinese Nexus

By Georgia Sholl
www.artwhatson.com.au    21 July 2011

Chinese Nexus brings together five innovative artists who are at the forefront of the contemporary art movement in Beijing: Gao Ping, Hu Qinwu, Huang Xu, Lao Dan and Liu Zhuoquan. Each artist has a distinctive style and creative process but common to their practice is a search for meaning and spirituality beyond the political and material. 'Chinese Nexus' is presented by Stella Downer Fine Art in collaboration with China Art Projects and exhibits until August 20.
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Wendy Teakel 13th Annual Landscape Juried Online International Art Exhibition

   21 July 2011

Artist WENDY TEAKEL of Murrumbateman, NSW has received four Special Recognition Awards for her artwork in the 13th Annual Landscape Juried Online International Art Exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery. ...more

 

Zoo AiR exhibition Steve Lopes

By The Taronga Foundation
   20 July - 13 August 2011

Twenty artists from the 2011 Artists in Residence Program at Taronga Zoo, including SDFA artist Steve Lopes, are exhibiting at The University Gallery, University of Newcastle from 20 July - 13 August 2011. Exhibition opens Friday 22 July from 6pm.

 

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Chinese Nexus Five contemporary Chinese artists

   19 July - 20 August 2011

Chinese Nexus brings together five innovative artists who are at the forefront of the contemporary art movement in Beijing:  GAO PING, HU QINWU, HUANG XU, LAO DAN and LIU ZHUOQUAN. Each artist has a distinctive style and creative process but common to their practice is a search for meaning and spirituality beyond the political and material. Although these artists emulate a contemporary aesthetic, references to traditional scholarly techniques and feeling for poise and order convey an enduring Chinese sensibility. ...more

 

Chinese Nexus

   19 July - 20 August 2011

中国连接将展出五位活跃于北京当代艺术运动前沿,思想新锐的艺术家作品,他们分别是:高平、胡勤武、黄旭、老丹和刘卓泉。每位艺术家风格迥异,各有特点,然而他们艺术实践的共性却都是寻求超越政治与物质之上的意义与精神。艺术家把中国古人绘画技巧融入到当代美学中,于传统中赋予作品当代特征,一种中国文化持续的怡然自得、泰然自若的情趣乐在其中。 ...more

 

Chinese Nexus

By Donita Hulme-Cawi
artfiles news    6 July 2011

This is a showcase of five young contemporary Chinese artists whose works present aspects of contemporary Chinese art not usually seen in Australia: Gao Ping, Hu Qinwu, Huang Xu, Lao Dan, and Liu Zhuoquan.

The artists reference their world, but it is not the world of pop culture or socialist realism so often associated with contemporary Chinese art.

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Chinese Nexus Stella Downer Fine Art July 19 - August 20

Art Almanac    July 2011

Chinese Nexus brings together five innovative artists who are at the forefront of the contemporary art movement in Beijing: GAO PING, HU QINWU, HUANG XU, LAO DAN and LIU ZHUOQUAN.
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Stark beauty of the bush Guy Stuart

Warrandyte Diary    July 2011

Warrandyte artist Guy Stuart was born in Canberra, was a student of John Brack at Melbourne Grammar and went on to study painting at RMIT in the early 1960's. He visited Japan several times early in his career, and this was to have a lifelong influence. His striking landscapes reflect the stark beauty of the Australian bush. His work is represented in state galleries, the National Gallery of Australia as well as the Federal Parliament House collection. ...more

 

Feature Work 'Sun Up, After Rain' Janet Dawson

By Edith Moss
artwhatson.com.au    23 June 2011

Janet Dawson has had a distinguished career as an abstract and figurative painter and printmaker. Dawson studied at the National Gallery School in Melbourne and in 1952 the National Gallery of Victoria awarded her a Travelling Scholarship to London where she studied at the Slade School and Central School. Her work is held in major Australian and international collections including the Royal Society, London. Dawson is exhibiting at Stella Downer Fine Art alongside Lynne Boyd and Ishbel Morag Miller until 16 July.
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Lynne Boyd, Janet Dawson, Ishbel Morag Miller

   21 June - 16 July 2011

Harnessing the property of light, LYNNE BOYD, JANET DAWSON and ISHBEL MORAG MILLER capture the intrinsic beauty of the world around them. LYNNE BOYD paints atmospheric landscapes, playing on the inherent tension between liquidity and solidity in paint. A superb tonalist and consummate draughtsman, JANET DAWSON is one of Australia's most senior artists and she creates poetic images full of contemplation and memory. ISHBEL MORAG MILLER'S keenly observed images explore how natural elements soften the hard surfaces and objects of the man-made world. ...more

 

Fresh Harvest

By Madeleine Hinchy
Vogue Living    July/August 2011

Showing at Sydney's Stella Downer Fine Art, Chinese Nexus is the output of five young artists creating  type of contemporary Chinese visual art seldom shown in Australia, such as HUANG Xu's exquisite Flower Rose.  ...more

 

Falling Against the Darkness Arts

By David Mills, Editor
the Wentworth Courier    15 June 2011

Ambrose Reisch's paintings are inspired by the Hawkesbury River. Stella Downer Fine Art, Danks St, Waterloo. Until June 18. ...more

 

Not the way home Merran Esson, Steve Lopes

By Owen Craven
Artist Profile Magazine online    May 2011

Not the Way Home, ARTIST PROFILE's latest artist expedition project, is currently underway. We're based out at the UNSW's Arid Zone Research Station, Fowlers Gap, with 13 prominent Australian artists. We've asked each of them to explore the the landscape and respond in their own, unique way.

Artists include - Idris Murphy, Alan Jones, Peter Sharp, Steve Lopes, Amanda Penrose-Hart, Jennifier Keeler-Milne, Ross Laurie, Joe Frost, Margaret Ackland, Euan Macleod, Merran Esson, Guy Warren, and Elisabeth Cummings.

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Ambrose Reisch Falling Against the Darkness

   24 May - 18 June 2011

AMBROSE REISCH's work is profoundly multi-layered.  Distillations of thinking and feeling, his contemplative landscapes and still lifes are charged with powerful psychological address. REISCH is moved by the landscape of the Hawkesbury River and his paintings acutely communicate this inspiration. ...more

 

Weaving Art and Change Graham Fransella, Wendy Teakel

By fortyfive downstairs
   17 May 2011

Angela Cavalieri, Euan Heng, Graham Fransella (SDFA), Kate Durham, Rae Ganim, Wendy Teakel (SDFA), Judy Holding, Heather Shimmen. Curated by Isabella Holding.

In 2010 eight contemporary Australian artists created original artworks to be woven in to carpets. Created in collaboration with weavers from a fair trade, social enterprise project in Kathmandu in Nepal, these textiles explore the connection between artist and artisan, fine art and function. Weaving art and change is a not-for-profit project that believes in the ability of art and creativity to inspire awareness and social development. The proceeds of all carpet sales will be donated to education and health programs in Nepal. All carpets are limited editions of five.

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Artistic Expression of Japanese & Australian Culture

By Yoshiko Arakawa, Editor
Jenta    1 May 2011

An exhibition titled ‘Japonisme'  by seven leading contemporary artists who live in Australia is being held at Stella Downer Fine Art in Sydney.  All the art works in this show demonstrate the quality of modernism yet are based on a sense of Eastern beauty. ...more

 

Open Gallery - Japonisme

Spectrum, the Sydney Morning Herald    30 April 2011

The seven Australian artists in this exhibition look to Japan for inspiration. Titania Henderson's bone china works hint at the delicate folds of origami. David Pottinger uses Japanese neriage techniques to fuse different coloured clays into vessels. Miki Kubo combines Japanese and Australian iconography in her hot blown and carved glass pieces.

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Japonisme curated by Sarah Vandepeer

   27 April - 21 May 2011

Japonisme brings together seven leading contemporary Australian artists TITANIA HENDERSON, MIKI KUBO, LUCILLE MARTIN, DAVID POTTINGER, LIZ SHREEVE, GUY STUART and MAMI YAMANAKA. Featuring innovative works inspired by mutual artistic exchange between Australia and Japan, this exhibition celebrates cross-cultural dialogues in Australian contemporary art.  ...more

 

Art Notes

By Leah Haynes
Art Monthly    April 2011

Japonisme brings together 7 leading contemporary Australian artists: Titania Henderson, Miki Kubo, Lucille Martin, David Pottinger, Liz Shreeve, Guy Stuart and Mami Yamanaka, in a Stella Downer Fine Art show curated by the gallery's Sarah Vandepeer. Works are inspired by mutual artistic exchange between Australia and Japan. Runs 27 April - 21 May. ...more

 

Japonisme exhibition

The Japan Foundation Sydney    19 April 2011

Japonisme brings together seven leading contemporary Australian artists. Featuring innovative works inspired by mutual artistic exchange between Australia and Japan, this exhibition celebrates cross-cultural dialogues in Australian contemporary art.
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Graham Fransella awarded Trustees Watercolour Prize 2011

   15 April 2011

At midday today at the Art Gallery of New South Wales it was announced that GRAHAM FRANSELLA is the recipient of the prestigious Trustees Watercolour Prize for the fifth time (2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2000). This is also the third year running that an artist represented by Stella Downer Fine Art has been awarded the Wynne watercolour prize. ...more

 

Animal instincts

By Andrew Frost
Metro, the Sydney Morning Herald    15 April 2011

Strange spirits pervade the works in Battle for the Day Before, writes Andrew Frost. ...more

 

Tanya Chaitow @ Stella Downer Fine Art

By Greg Doyle
Sydney Pundit    2 April 2011

Stella Downer Fine Art is one of the most pleasant and welcoming galleries to visit in Sydney.
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Arts Beat Whimsical Artworks

By Danny Gocs
Australian Jewish News    1 April 2011

Artist Tanya Chaitow's latest exhibition of paintings and drawings, titled Battle For the Day Before, opened last week at Stella Downer Fine Art in Waterloo.

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Tanya Chaitow Battle for the day before

   22 March - 21 April 2011

Ambiguity and whimsy are important elements in TANYA CHAITOW'S work and her fanciful paintings and drawings blur past and present, fact and fiction, internal and external reality. Adopting a naïve style, CHAITOW is able to work intuitively to capture fleeting mental states and her poetic works are charged with a powerful psychological resonance. Working with a troupe of impossible characters, often part animal part human, CHAITOW offers up a vision of her personal mythologies. Like a playwright she enlists us in imaginary worlds where we are free to reflect and fantasise. ...more

 

Merrick Fry Recent Work

   20 March - 21 April 2012

For MERRICK FRY whimsy and imagination reign supreme, his kaleidoscopic drawings, paintings and sculptures offer up a vision of the world that is poetic & uncanny. FRY'S works describe the familiar urban landscape, but it is a landscape that has been ingested and embellished. Sculptural forms that at first resemble Sydney's skyscrapers are just as likely to evoke totems, intergalactic plants or stalagmites. ...more

 

Merrick Fry Recent Work

   20 March - 21 April 2012

For MERRICK FRY whimsy and imagination reign supreme, his kaleidoscopic drawings, paintings and sculptures offer up a vision of the world that is poetic & uncanny. FRY'S works describe the familiar urban landscape, but it is a landscape that has been ingested and embellished. Sculptural forms that at first resemble Sydney's skyscrapers are just as likely to evoke totems, intergalactic plants or stalagmites. ...more

 

Tanya Chaitow, Battle For The Day Before

By Hayley Morgan
TwoThousand    17 March 2011

Tanya Chaitow's paintings and drawings are very curious. With impossible characters, which are often part human, part animal, her works go beyond double-meaning into an uncertain and mischievous fantasy world. Chaitow balances this contextual heaviness with a very light colour pallet. Blurred pastels reassure us that we are not the only ones feeling a little naive. - HM
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Take Two

By William Verity
Illawarra Mercury    12 March 2011

Painter and film-maker ASHLEY FROST, pictured left, is making a documentary about painter PAUL RYAN. Both live in Thirroul. WILLIAM VERITY spoke to them.

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Reflecting the great outdoors Rae Bolotin

By Steve Meacham
the Sydney Morning Herald    10 March 2011

Artists have tried to capture the gardens' beauty in diverse ways, writes Steve Meacham.

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Wire Mesh Steel Dresses Anna Eggert

By Megan Fizell
da Super Paper, #17    February 2011

Feminist concerns are at the forefront of Anna Eggert's series of sculpted dresses. The life-size garments, moulded around invisible bodies, appear fragile in spite of the industrial materials used.

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Collecting in an age of investment A 2 Danks St Conversation on Contemporary Art

   9 March 2011

Stella Downer Fine Art warmly invites you to 'Collecting in an age on investment'. 6pm for refreshments. 6:30pm start.

A free event presented by 2 Danks St for Art Month Sydney 2011.

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Artist Talk Ivor Fabok & Paul Higgs

   5 March 2011

On Saturday 5 March at 1:30-2pm Stella Downer Fine Art will be hosting a double-act floor talk given by gallery artists IVOR FABOK and PAUL HIGGS. This event is in conjunction with our current exhibition: IVOR FABOK PAUL HIGGS BRUCE RADKE and Art Month Sydney 2011. ...more

 

Fancy an adventure? ART-cycle

   5 March 2011

ARTcycle - a free guided bicycle tour of art galleries, artist studios, public art and street art - will be visiting 2 Danks St this Saturday. Led by art commentator Mickie Quick, host of Fbi On Yer Bike, the adventure begins at Gallery Barry Keldoulis at 11am.

Sign up now !

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Ivor Fabok, Paul Higgs, Bruce Radke

   22 February - 19 March 2011

IVOR FABOK, PAUL HIGGS and BRUCE RADKE explore the possibilities of abstraction. IVOR FABOK is interested in the relationship of colour to sculptural form. PAUL HIGGS creates constructs in collage and paint. His compositions are a considered balance of complex opposites where dissonant values find perfect unity. BRUCE RADKE is highly respected for his skill as a sculptor and for over 20 years he has been creating seamless works. ...more

 

Lineage: David Fairbairn Selected Portraits 1998 - 2010 Survey exhibition

   11 February 2011

You are invited to the opening of Lineage: David Fairbairn selected portraits 1998 - 2010 at Orange Regional GalleryFriday 11 February 2011 at 6 for 6:30pm to be opened by Renee Porter, Exhibition Curator

Exhibition closes 27 March 2011.

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Denese Oates A Walk in the Woods

   19 January - 19 February 2011

DENESE OATES is a sculptor of considerable skill who transforms ordinary copper wire into inspired and carefully crafted objects that range from the biological to the botanical. Full of undulating movement and rhythmic lines her organic forms convey the ebb and flow of nature. If some of OATES' sculptures are serene like a daydream one might slip into on a casual stroll, others appear lively and mysterious. Born in Orange, NSW, DENESE OATES studied at the Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education in Sydney (now College of Fine Arts, UNSW). Since 1976 she has exhibited in over seventy group exhibitions and had twenty-five solo exhibitions. ...more

 


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