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Selected artist – Omnia Art Prize

Super excited to be one of the selected artists for the 2022 Omnia Art Prize and Exhibition with my painting ’Stiltje’.

Exhibition 27th May to 30 May at St Kevin’s College, Toorak. Winning artists will be announced on the opening night, 27th May.

Congratulations to all the selected artists!

@omniaartprize

Saint Cloche | Fundraising Exhibition & Auction – ‘Coast to Coast’

Fundraising Exhibition & Auction – ‘Coast to Coast’
10–15 MAY Saint Cloche Gallery Sydney

My painting ‘Mirror/Mirage’ will be available together with works of over 70 artists.
All funds raised will be donated equally to @UNICEF Emergency Ukraine Appeal and @givit_aus to help people displaced and impacted by the floods on Australia’s southeast coast region.

Silent Auction begins: Tuesday 10th May
Auction link via Saint Cloche Gallery website
Bidding starts at $300 for all works.

Exhibition Opening Reception at Saint Cloche, Sydney: Wednesday 11th May, 6-8pm

‘Mirror/Mirage’, 2022.
Acrylic, Impasto and Oil Pastels on canvas, 30x40cm.
Framed in Tasmanian Oak.

The Makers : Interview on Bedthreads journal

A lovely interview up on Bedthreads today:

“Growing up, Charlotte Swiden always knew she wanted to be an artist. But like so many other creative types she didn’t think this was a viable career option. Fast forward to now and this narrative has flipped, with the Swedish-born painter successfully turning her passion into a full-time job with her artworks highly sought after across the country.

And while we often contemplate artists through their divine work, we less frequently think of them in their respective homes. Charlotte’s Mornington Peninsula abode is a beautiful example of being conscious about what you buy for your home. Her ’70s-style home in Dromana is filled almost entirely with vintage furniture and decor. “We also try to not buy anything new unless we have to,” she says.”

Read the full interview:

‘Three Moons’ in project by Davidov Architects

A beautiful project by @davidovarchitects featuring ‘Three Moons’.

@enceladus.studio

Final day for ‘Lores’ at No Vacancy Gallery

Today is the last day to see ‘Lores’, @b.ecsmith and my show at @novacancygallery
Gallery is open 10am-4pm

📷 @graham_alderton

Mural with interior designer Simone Haag

Last year I had the privilege to be invited by @simonehaag to paint a mural in one of their design projects in Sorrento. A beautiful house buy @jostarchitects
What I love about Simone is how differently she thinks about interior. They know exactly how to mix bold art & statement pieces, textures & colours, and still make a home feel like a home. To quote something I read recently: “People need art in their houses. They don’t need Bed, Bath and Beyond denist-office art. They need weird stuff.” [Ezra Croft]. If you like that, then Simone is your woman.

For this project I was pretty much given free rein. The brief was bedroom meets beach, with love for the female form. I used 14 @duluxaus colours that I also mixed and layered like a painting. It was great to work on this huge scale, and my legs definitely got a work-out running up and down the ladder.

Also to @melissa__strauch Designer & Communications lead at Simone Haag for making this happen in between lockdowns, you are a 💎

‘Lores’ Opening Night at No Vacancy Gallery

The most magical night! Thank you to each one of you that came out to our opening of ‘Lores’. No stories are told in solitude and the show wouldn’t have been without you. Feeling full of love and gratitude ❤️
To @b.ecsmith for being the best friend and fellow artist someone could ever have wished to be on this journey with. To @kerensa_diball @myfwarhurst and @solfoto.portrait for your performances that made the night, thank you from the bottom of my heart. To @novacancygallery, for the opportunity to show our work at your amazing gallery. Now excuse me while I go and enjoy all my fuzzy, high feelings for a while.

Exhibition is continuing until the 27 February.

The Design Files interview – Two Artists Come Together To Explore The Art Of Storytelling

A beautiful write up on the Design Files today:

‘We tell ourselves stories in order to live,’ wrote Joan Didion in 1979. It’s an oft misquoted line, used to validate the human connection to storytelling, rather than to critique the delusions we wittingly commit to.

Narrative is a knotty concept these days, filled with optimism and hope, but also with danger. In the wrong hands, stories can do damage.

This conflict is what drives a new exhibition from Charlotte Swiden and Bec Smith. The two painters have joined forces on ‘Lores’ to explore narrative, myth-making, creativity, and knowledge transfer through their separate abstract art practices, opening tomorrow at No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne.

Read the full article here

Words Sasha Gattermayr  |  Photography Graham Alderton

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