Bronwyn Woodley Graham

Bronwyn Woodley Graham

Balmain, NSW, Australia

About Bronwyn Woodley Graham

My work is influenced by all that I see around me; special places, people, and experiences that have moved me.  I love to travel and take in different scenery and cultures - to experience other views of the world and to incorporate and explore that in my paintings.  I am motivated by the beauty found in people and nature - both the outer physical interpretation and the more intrinsic internal response.  

My work always takes me on a journey. In the end it becomes a destination and place where I’m happy to spend time and just exist within the painting.  Most of my work will start off from something I have seen and been inspired by, but it very rarely ends up there.  In all my work, my goal is to remain truthful in my response to a subject and the development of the painting. This usually means allowing the painting to take me where it wants to go.  Therefore I never quite know what the final result will be until I get there.  

I believe in creating something that not only speaks to me but is able to take the viewer on their own personal journey.  Once I’ve finished a painting it has much less to do with me and much more to do with the person looking at it.  Ultimately, I like to create works of beauty and expression that will be enhanced though the eyes of the viewer from their own imagination.

My work is definitely influenced from the art of the old masters.  Technique and archival qualities are important to me and I am committed to these principles in my work.

I have an eternal fascination with light:  the effects with various pigments, the source and colour of the light, and the way in which it falls on various subjects. I often use stark tonal values, enhancing space, depth and the illusion of the 3 dimensional within a two dimensional plane.

Education

AWARDS:

- Hunters Hill Art Prize, Finalist 2017
- International Landscape Special Merit Award, 2017 Light Space & Time Gallery
- International Special Recognition Award, 2017 Light Space &Time Gallery U.S.
- Kennedy Art Prize South Australia, Foundations Choice
- ArtGemini, London’s Global Art Prize, Finalist 2016
- Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney 2015: Finalist
- Waverly Woolahra Art Prize, Finalist 2014
- Stanthorpe Art Prize, QLD Australia, Finalist 2014
- Int. Open Art Competition, Cork St Gallery, London UK, Finalist 2012
- New York Art Marathon, Semi-Finalist 2011
- National Maritime Art Prize – Seafarers Victoria, Finalist 2008
- Currabubula Art Prize, Highly Commended 2008
- Nundle Art Show, Winner 2008
- Portia Geach National Portrait Award, Finalist: 2006
- New England Regional Art Affair – Winner, Peoples Choice 2006
- Shirley Hannen National Portrait Award, Finalist 2004
- Balmain Art Prize, Cara Studios, Winner Peoples Choice Award: 2003
- Balmain Art Prize, Cara Studios, Highly Recommended 2003
- NSW Annual Report Award – Winner, Illustration 1989
- NSW Annual Report Award – Winner, Illustration 1988
- Art Express – 1981, finalist & public exhibition

Exhibitions

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
"Exhale"
Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney Australia (Solo)

2016/2016
‘Luminous Landscape’
Art2Muse, Double Bay, Sydney NSW (Solo)
Lindfield Art Show - Feature Artist
‘Trees, Clouds and a big big Bird’
Art2Muse, Double Bay, Sydney NSW (Solo)
St Thomas Art Show (Group)

2014/2013
Headland Gallery, Mosman NSW (Solo)
The Brixton, Glebe Sydney (Group)
Somedays Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney (Group)
Art Sydney, Hordern Pavillion (Solo)
IX Florence Biennale, Italy (Solo)
Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW (Group)

2012/2011
Art2Muse, Sydney NSW (Solo)
Cossack Art, Cossack WA (Group)
Art Melbourne, Melbourne VIC (Solo)
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth NSW (Solo)
Gallery 2120, Brisbane QLD (Group)
Cossack Art (Group) - Cossack WA Australia
New England Art Gallery (Group), Armidale NSW

2010 / 2009
Bologna, Italy - Group exhibition “Small Treasures”  
Tamworth Regional Gallery, “Shifting Light”, Tamworth NSW (Solo)   
Armidale Art Gallery, “Crossing New England” (group)
Art Melbourne, Melbourne VIC  (Solo)
Gallery 2120, Brisbane, QLD (Group)
Estense Castle Italy, “Imaginary Journeys” - Ferrara ITALY
Tamworth Regional Gallery (Group), “Less is More” - Tamworth NSW
Balmain Art Gallery & Studio, “Horizons” - Balmain, Sydney NSW (Solo)

2008 /2007
Seafarers Art Gallery, Docklands, Melbourne VIC (Group)
New England Art Gallery, Armidale NSW (Group)
The Playhouse Hotel, “Beyond Surfaces” - Barraba NSW (Group)
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) - Sydney NSW (Group)
Sydney Art Show, MLC Gallery - Sydney NSW (Group)
Armidale Gallery, Crossing New England - Armidale NSW (Group)
Tamworth Regional Gallery (Group) ,Less is More (Small Works) - Tamworth NSW
Tamworth Regional Gallery, Solo Display, Portrait Finalist, National Portrait Award 2006

2006 / 2005 & Previous
National Trust, SH Irvin Gallery (Group) - Sydney NSW
Tamworth Regional Gallery (Solo)- Tamworth NSW
Balmain Art Gallery & Studio - Balmain NSW (Solo)
New England Regional Art Affair (Group) - Tamworth NSW
MLC Gallery - Sydney NSW (Solo)   
Balmain Art Gallery & Studio - Sydney NSW (Solo)
Bega Regional Gallery (Group), Bega NSW   
Cara Art Studios (Group) - Balmain NSW
Balmain Art Show (Group) - Sydney NSW
1+2 Studios (Group) - Rozelle NSW