Our work Artists Honour Page
Di Allison’s approach to jewellery is a way of documenting, remembering and measuring, and making experiences physical. Her complex, meticulous and precise method of making forms an emotional mapping. The careful selection of materials in her works carry strong metaphors for the intensely felt, complex and often contradictory associations in one’s life experience. The works are complete in their delicacy, fragility and strength. Di Allison is represented by Handmark Gallery Hobart.
Raised in South Australia, Karin moved to Tasmania in 1995 to pursue her childhood dream to journey to Antarctica. Inspired by her marine scientific research, Karin draws upon microscopic patterns and forms to create sculptural jewellery and objects that combine an aesthetic of marine fragility with quiet environmentalism.
Glover Prize finalist Michaye Boulter paints a world in perpetual motion. She has lived and worked in the dramatic environs of Bruny island for the past 15 years and has an intimate knowledge of land and sea, having sailed across the world with her family and partner. Michaye’s work creates a sense of place that reflects both her emotional and physical involvement with the sea.
Lisa Boyter has been a professional potter for twenty two years and over that time have produced all manner of ceramics from large hand built pieces to the fine porcelain she is now working with. Boyter aims to make pieces that are functional and visually exciting and use whatever method of construction and material that best suits that brief. Her and her partner share a studio in Northern Tasmania.
Sally Brown is a Tasmanian artist and designer who creates unique furniture, sculpture, and contemporary craft objects. Her work is informed and inspired by the structures and forms she sees around her in Tasmania’s natural environment. Gentle lines, subtle colours and an emphasis on pattern and texture are characteristic of her work.
Penny Carey-Wells & Diane Perndt
Diane Perndt has worked as a graphic designer in Montreal, London and the Pacific and holds a Masters Degree, majoring in Printmaking, from the University of Tasmania.
Penny Carey-Wells lectured in papermaking and the book arts at the University of Tasmania from 1984 to 1998 and has since worked at the State Library of Tasmania as exhibition and conservation officer.
Both artists have exhibited nationally and internationally and curated several major exhibitions. Work has included commissions for Tourism Tasmania, arts@work, Ten Days on the Island Festival and for many private collectors.
Richard Clements was born in London, and was apprenticed as an industrial glass blower from 1966–1970. He established Argyle Glass in Sydney before moving to Tasmania in 1978. He is a glass artist of international renown. Technically brilliant, he creates pieces of all shapes and sizes with a flair for the ridiculous.
Ben Davidson has recently returned to live in Hobart after a successful 20 year career working as an Opera singer, Conductor, and Voice Teacher in the US. He has performed with many Opera and Oratorio companies around the world and, until recently, was the principal Conductor of the Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut. He is currently Convenor of Opera and Lecturer in Voice at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music. Ben holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music from the University of Connecticut, USA
A textile designer/maker of more than 20 years, Jan Dineen’s work is based on the symbolic notion of journeys and was originally influenced by her Norwegian ancestry. A number of her machine knitted garments have been shown nationally and internationally (including the Art Gallery of NSW and Marimura Art Museum, Tokyo). Her garments have won awards for design both nationally and internationally. Jan is currently represented by Handmark Gallery
Working from her studio in Fremantle, surrounded by the catalogue of her trials and experiments—racks of wonderful pots of all colours and sizes that failed her almost impossible test of quality—Pippin Drysdale continues to interrogate her practice from the perspective of an artist without borders. Through a continuing investigation of the flora and landforms of unique areas of Australia and a commitment to engaging with the cultural, social and political agendas that are shaping them, she is open to embrace each new creative challenge.
Born in Northern NSW, Fiona Fraser was awarded her Bachelor and Honours degrees in Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art and in 2009 graduated with a Master of Art, Design + Environment at the Tasmanian School of Art. Fiona’s practice incorporates photography, printmaking, installation, artist books and performance and explores the relationship between humans and their built and natural environments. Her work has been exhibited and collected in Tasmania and interstate.
Ruth Frost’s art practice spans the disciplines of photography, video and sound—exploring personal memory and the potential of the photograph to act as poetic metaphor for hidden memories of place. She has exhibited widely in Australia.
She completed her PhD research in 2003 at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, where she is an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art.
Lola Greeno was born on Cape Barren Island. She later moved to Flinders Island to live and then to Launceston, where, in 1997, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania. Lola Greeno is a well known Tasmanian Aboriginal shell worker, sculptor, installation artist and fibre artist who also works as a curator and is the Program Officer, Aboriginal Arts at Arts Tasmania. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia including the 2000 Adelaide Biennial Exhibition Beyond the Pale at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Greeno’s work is represented in State, National and private collections including the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the Campbelltown Gallery, NSW, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
Gwyn Hanssen Piggott
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (born 1935, Ballarat, Australia) is a contemporary ceramic artist. With a career spanning over 45 years, Hanssen Pigott wood-fires her porcelain still-life arrangements that are noticeably influenced by the still life work of Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. Her palette is clearly inherited from China’s Song Dynasty wares introduced to her through her various apprenticeships in the Leach tradition. Hanssen Pigott currently maintains a studio in Ipswich, Queensland where she is recognized as one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists.
Gay Hawkes is known as a creator of sculptural/functional works expressed in the vernacular.She passes on these skills in many community settings including schools, forensic acute mental health and private workshops. During summer the “Dunalley Children’s Chair Factory” operates in her superb boatshed studio, Dunalley, Tasmania and otherwise Hawkes is available on the mainland with her “Roving Shed”.
Works are represented in Parliament House, Canberra, Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian War Memorial, Powerhouse Museum and other major collections.
Christine ‘Kit’ Hiller
Christine Hiller lives on the North-West coast of Tasmania. Born in Hobart and trained at the Tasmanian School of Art she has exhibited her work for over thirty years. Her watercolour portraits have featured in the prestigious Archibald Prize on five occasions and she has won the Portia Geach Memorial Award for women portrait painters three times. Kit is also well known for her hand-coloured lino cuts, elimination lino-cuts and dioramas. Kit recently held a survey show spanning her thirty year career at the Burnie Regional Gallery.
With an Associate Diploma of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (RMIT), both majoring in Gold and Silversmithing, Natalie has 6 years of formal training. Following her studies, Natalie continued her smithing pursuits with a mentorship by Roger Walker for Hand Engraving, supported by a grant through CAST, a Working With Industry Grant through ARTS TAS and a Scholarship from Jenard Training, for Cert IV in Business and Marketing. Currently Natalie divides her time between the studio and her enchanting two year old daughter Scarlett.
Megan Keating graduated with a PhD from the University of Tasmania in 2003 and is currently Head of Painting at the Tasmanian School of Art. She is multidisciplinary artist crossing installation, painting, and paper cutting.
She has exhibited extensively since 1999 with recent solo projects including Plantation Nation, Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia in 2009; Hard Love, Devonport Regional Gallery in 2008; The Year of the Rat, Xue Xue Institute, Taipei; Deep Water Dark Water, Criterion Gallery, Hobart, both in 2007. Keating has also been the recipient of numerous awards. In 2008 she was the recipient of a year-long residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia; an Asialink residency at the Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan in 2006 followed by a residency at The European School, Taipei in 2007.
David Keeling’s work has always been concerned with place. For decades he has engaged with the nature-culture debate, giving form to the political-environmental realities of the day. Much of his work is concerned with the way we perceive nature, and how we picture a nature that is so closely observed, measured, mapped, plotted, photographed and commodified. Keeling studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, and RMIT University, Melbourne. He has been exhibiting with Niagara Galleries, Melbourne and the Bett Gallery Hobart since 1987. Recently his work was included in Lie of the Land, New Australian Landscapes, the Australian Embassy, Washington DC, USA. In 2007, a monograph of his work by David Hansen was published by Quintus Publishing, and in 2010 a survey of his paintings was presented at Deakin University Gallery.
Nadine Kessler is an artist and graphic designer with a passion for community, language and the environment. She has cycled the planet on her pushbike, learning from different cultures, which goes on to inform her works. Before moving to Tasmania, Nadine also lived for three years in Central Australia working with indigenous communities as resource developer. Since then she has been lecturing at the University of Art in Hobart and is running a freelance graphic design studio with a focus on community organisations based in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Maria Lurighi studied opera with Peter Rorke at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education and in Hobart with Russell Smith.
She has performed with artists such as Brachi Tilles, David Kramm, Natalia Afeyan, Hartmut Lindemann and Ben Martin in venues including the VCA Opera Studio and Melba Hall.
After travelling to Europe for a few years, she made a return to Tasmania. Maria sings opera, jazz, soul and blues, teaches at the Conservatorium of UTAS and coaches the Southern Gospel Choir.
Anne MacDonald studied Fine Art at the Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS, where she completed a Masters in 1983. The following year she began lecturing at the Tasmanian School of Art, where she currently coordinates the Honours Program.
Anne MacDonald explores the relationship between still life, transience and mortality in series of photographic installations focusing on the potential for decorative consumer objects to act as metaphors for thoughts and emotional states in still life photographs.
Laura McCusker is an international award winning furniture designer and maker based in Hobart, Tasmania.
Recently named one of the Faces of Design 2010, she has exhibited regularly over her career including at The Sydney Powerhouse Museum as a finalist in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Designer of the Year Award (2002), the winner of belle magazine’s inaugural New Functional Design Award (2003) and at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery as part of the City of Hobart Art Prize (2004).
Robyn McKinnon is a prolific artist of long-standing eminence in Tasmania. Living and working in Launceston she has works in world wide collections such as the Taipei Museum, the Holmes a Court Collection, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to name a few. She has been a Glover Finalist several years running and represented in many shows Australian wide. Robyn is represented by Handmark Gallery Hobart and Evandale.
Michael McWilliams’ exquisitely painted works have the aura of precious collectors’ items. This is not only because he decorates antique pieces that are in themselves collectables—cupboards, chests, tables—anything from clocks to cellos really—but because of his meticulous craftsmanship and the distinctive quality of his creative imagination.
Born and educated in Tasmania, McWilliams’ distinctive and unique work has been featured in several national exhibitions and has been included in numerous art awards, including the Wynne Prize for Landscape in 2010 and 2008; winner of the inaugural John Glover Award in 2004, as well as being a finalist in 2006 (honourable mention), 2008 and 2010
Mish Meijers is an inter-disciplinary artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her solo practice experiments in surface tensions: how one material conforms or abrades against the matter of another. Whether in actuality, or within conceptual content, she distorts the inherent worth and significance of her objects with regard to popular culture, gender determination and functionality, in an alchemic and at times discordant sensibility to construct her sculptural tableaux. Meijers was a 2009 CAST studio resident and in 2008 she was awarded the McCulloch studio residency in Paris.
A designer/maker for the past 40 years, John Smith currently works from his studio producing one-off furniture pieces. He established the Design in Wood/ Furniture Design programme in the early 80s, the first of its kind in Australia. He taught for many years as the Head of the Centre for Furniture Design at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, and is now an Honorary Research Associate.
His work is represented in national and international, public and private collections and through numerous public art commissions. He has curated a number of major national and international travelling exhibitions, and has received several awards, grants and overseas residencies.
Penny Smith has been a practising designer/maker in ceramics for about 40 years. Currently running her own studio, she produces limited editions, one-off exhibition works and public commissions. She was Head of the Ceramics Studio and the Ceramic Research Unit at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, where she currently holds an Honorary Research Associate position.
She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, is represented in numerous national, international, private and public collections. She has held several solo exhibitions, in Australia and overseas. Her work has been published widely in catalogues, books and magazines.
Jenny is an oil painter working from her studio ‘Cloudstone’ outside Hobart. Her gentle, contemplative work is made in response to the textures of the places we inhabit, focusing on the process of making using surface and line. The history of the paintings is evident in the build of of marks and layers. They track the passage of time and the process of coming into their own being, creating a connection between the artist and the viewer.
Linda Van Niekerk
Linda Van Niekerk was born in South Africa and now lives and works in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. Linda is a designer of wearable sculpture. Her work is bold, visually striking and deceptively simple. Her work is influenced by her African heritage and by the beauty of her home and its surrounds in the southern area of Tasmania. Linda exhibits in Melbourne, New York and Tasmania.
Tricky Walsh builds circuits. Her installation practice is either; A composition of interconnecting components that construct conceptual and interdependent environment/relationships. Or Assemblages of (made) deconstructive machines that illustrate a system of social and architectural orthopaedics. Sometimes both. She also paints, makes comics and films.
Mairi lives and works from Launceston, Tasmania. She works in a variety of media including, painting, ceramics and textiles. Mairi exhibits regularly with commercial and non-commercial galleries. She was a finalist in the 2010 and 2011 Glover painting prize. Mairi completed her Masters of Fine Art at the University of Tasmania in 2011.
Stewart Wells is a Tasmanian environmental artist and designer, using photography as his medium. Raised in Hobart and trained at the Tasmanian School of Art his work is informed and inspired by pattern, texture and the impact he sees around the Tasmanian natural environment.
Fresh from photographing the entire MONA art collection over the past 4 years, along side his busy photography practice, and just having been selected in the Graphis 100 Best in Photography 2011 in New York, Peter Whyte has recently exhibited at Handmark Gallery in collaboration with jewellery designer Linda van Niekerk.
Belinda Winkler is a ceramist, sculptor and object designer. Within her multidisciplinary practice, she works across a diverse range of media and scales, from porcelain through to fibreglass, steel, bronze, Lycra and concrete and from intimate scale through to architectural.
The integration of sculptural form into design and architecture underpins much of Belinda’s work. Her practice crosses the boundaries between art and design to produce sculptures, vessel forms, architectural installations and large-scale public art commissions. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally.
Born in 1979 in the Shenandoah Valley, Sara Wright received her Bachelor of Arts (Ceramics) and minor in Industrial Design at Virginia Tech State University. In 2003 Sara migrated to Australia for love and struck up an intimate relationship with Southern Ice Porcelain. She is represented by Handmark Gallery and is the recipient of several Arts Tasmania grants and the Cast Youth Craft Mentorship. She has won the People’s Choice Award in the 2007 Design Island exhibition, been 1 of 14 selected nationally to exhibit in the Hobart Art Prize in 2010 and received the MONA Scholarship in 2010.
Paul Zika’s studio-based research is concerned with a radical fusion of surface and form, in stark contrast to Modernist notions of decoration as embellishment.
Over the last twenty years, series of artworks have emerged in direct response to field trips and residencies overseas. The Post Italy series (1990–1994) followed a residency in Tuscany and Rome; the Monstrance series (1995–1998) developed in response to time spent in Prague; the Cornucopia series (1998–2003) post Barcelona; the Niscemi series (2003–2006) post Sicily; the Tarabuco/Jalq’a series (2007–2009) post Bolivia and Peru; and most recently the Terme series post Rome and Naples (2010–)