Lionel Bawden was born in Auburn, NSW in 1974 and currently lives and works in Northern NSW.
Bawden has a Masters of Fine Arts, from Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University (2015) and a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours (painting) from the Australian National University Institute of the Arts, Canberra School of Art, Canberra (1997).
Bawden has exhibited widely both within Australia and internationally. His work is held in major public and private collections including the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Newcastle Region Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Artbank, and Macquarie Bank collection.
Lionel Bawden is known for his signature sculptural works made from myriad undulations of Staedtler hexagonal coloured pencils fused together and carved for cryptic amorphous objects that transport the everyday source material beyond the known and commonplace.
Working with thick impasto mark making Ashlee Becks’ heavily worked surfaces, act as a metaphor for self-discovery and healing. Through borders and painted fragments collaged onto the canvases, Becks’ delves into aspects of identity, seeking an understanding and resolution of ‘the self.’
Through her painting practice, a material sensibility guides her work, with loving, performative, and visceral strokes, juxtaposed with intricate detail, enabling viewers to sense the presence of the artist in each work.
In 2020, Ashlee Becks graduated with First Class Honours in Fine Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith. In October of that year, she won the Emerging Artist Award at the Brisbane Portrait Prize and also exhibited her first solo show at Grey Street Gallery in Brisbane.
In 2021, Ashlee undertook a short-term residency at Salamanca Art Centre and was selected as a finalist for the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize.
Ashlee has participated in many group exhibitions and has been the recipient of the ‘Arts in Bark’ Bursary and the Individuals Funding Program by Arts Queensland.
Expressing material transitions between liquid and solid states, Nick Millen’s work combines seemingly disparate elements into integrated wholes. Paint, waste, plastics, pigments, dust, stones, sand, dye and earth are mixed with concrete and cast into solid forms. These forms/sculptures become the subjects of Millen’s paintings and are subsequently broken up and ground down into hand-dyed canvases.
Jiaxin Nong, born in Guangzhou, China in 1988, studied at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and immigrated to Australia in 2009. She graduated with a diploma of Visual Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2012 and received a bachelor’s degree from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. Nong is currently working and living in Melbourne.
Like many other immigrants, the conflict of cultural awareness is an important factor influencing Jiaxin’s artistic practice. This is not only a conversation between Eastern and Western contemporary art concepts, methods, and techniques; but a response to the impact brought about by changes in lifestyle.
This has led Jiaxin to use various media in her work. Uneasy using only one artistic discipline to express herself accurately, Jiaxin moves between media as it is needed. Because life is always in flux, ideas are inherently shifting and evolving with it. Suitable tools are needed to achieve the specifics of each artistic expression. These tools include painting, sculpture, installation, sound, and photography.
Just as the mediums she uses are varied, her creative themes vary as she makes her way through the ever-changing conditions and stages of life.
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