Eileen Venables


About the artist: 1947 Born London, UK
1961 Migrated to Melbourne
1973‑81 Kimberley Region, WA
1981‑82 Perth, WA
1982‑88 Rushworth, Victoria
1988‑ Lilydale, Victoria

It wasn’t until I became a mature adult that my formal training in Art began, although my family had always encouraged an interest in the subject.
I spent eight years living in the Kimberley region of WA with my husband and rapidly growing family (8 kids).
Over this time I came to know the country so well, especially its people and its spirituality that it became an essential part of me. I have returned there many times since and always feel like I have come home.
These links consistently seem to find expression in my paintings and drawings, whether it be the grandeur of the rugged, barren ranges or a few small rocks in a quiet stream.
When I begin to paint or draw, regardless of the plans I may have, the works seem to develop a style of their own. They often develop a strange ambiguity reflecting the inhospitable landscape while simultaneously evoking a sensation of peacefulness and calm.
The works in this exhibition combine my attachment to the outback with that of my home environment in the Yarra Valley.
The use of charcoal, ink, collage and mixed media bring an immediacy to the work and appeals to my inclination to experiment with various materials.

Education: 2000 – 2003 Shane Merri: Professional Development for Artists, painting and drawing
1995 – 2002 Diploma of Visual Arts: Swinburne ‑ Wantirna
1995 Associate Diploma Visual Arts ‑ Ceramics, OECT
1992 Advanced Certificate of Art and Design ‑ Print making, OECT

Exhibitions: 2003 Featured Artist: inaugural opening:Mad Gallery Lancefield VIC 3435 “Differing Visions” Warburton Arts Centre
2002 Upcoming Graduating Students exhibition @ 69 Smith St. Collingwood.
2001 Healesville Living and Learning Centre
Exhibition at Swinburne
2000 Gateway Festival, Healesville
Swinburne, Healesville
1999 Healesville Town Hall, Yarra Valley Arts Council
Gateway Festival, Healesville
Swinburne, Healesville
1998 Eyton on Yarra Winery, Yarra Valley Arts Council
Swinburne, Healesville
"Blue Stocking" Wornens Exhibition, Swinburne, Healesville
1997 OECT Wantirna
1995 OECT "Bridge" Exhibition
OECT Wantlirna
1991 Lancefield Art Group
Morrison House
Lilydale Show
1990 St. Johns Art Fair, Mitcham
1989 Morrison House, Mt Evelyn
1987 Golden Guinea Festival, Rushworth

  
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