'Colleen's surfaces are luminous and luscious...moments of saturated colour contrast with the absence of weight and the presence of light.'      

Dr Ella Dreyfus. Head of Public Programs, National Art School. 2018.

My ongoing work is study of the impact of slow light on an object…the way natural ambient light is constantly changing its effect on a work.

I use a variety of media in colour layering compositions that capture, transform and screen light so that the works are best experienced as gradual encounters with variations in light.

My latest series of works in encaustic, plexiglas and with paper offer a palpable experience of light at play. 

The Light Blooms paintings highlight the transluscence and lustrous quality of the encaustic medium. 

My plexiglas sculptures, the Light Floats, exhibit radiant surfaces glowing spaces and flashing edges. Lustrous reflections and variation in transparency and opacity refract and confound light's pathways. At night, these works operate as glowing objects of dynamic colour when lit by LED lights.

My light box series, Light Confections, are installed above The Coffee Grinder (in Byron Bay’s Lateen laneway parallel to Lawson St.). The ‘Light Pools’ series, which forms part of this new series, relates to a similar thematic. Here the Light Pools series seeks to amplify the presence of ambient light with pools of colour created within layers of saturated paper in sculptural relief.

The motifs and architectonic devices I use echo the way in which the glow of light and natural forms seep into the fabric of Nordic design and architecture. A reminiscence of several summers I spent in Scandinavia in which the difference in light from my home in northern NSW surprised me with its cloaking, softening and screening.

Artists, designers and architects in neo-minimalist and modernist genres have offered her the greatest intrigue and inspiration... including Mary Corse, Olafur Elliasson, Alvar Aalto and Christian Haub as well as antipodeans Marion Borgelt and Gemma Smith.

'Without an object (surface) on which the light can fall, one only sees darkness. Light itself is invisible. We only see things, only objects (surfaces), not light.' 

Arthur Zajonc. Quantum physicist. 1993.

Previously represented by Curatorial&co.

Currently showing with Ninbella Gallery 



Education - Art Related only

2014   Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)- Southern Cross University
2012   Contemporary Fine Art Practice - Uni of London, School Of Arts
          Intensive Summer School - Central Saint Martins
2010   Diploma of Fine Arts - TAFE NSW

Awards and Selection

2020   Semi-finalist Byron Art Magazine Prize
2015   Winner Packer's Prize (juried) - Prospect Portrait Prize
          Selected Artist - The Other Art Fair Sydney 2015
          Finalist - Waverley Art Prize 2015    
          Artist in Residence by application self-funded (March) Tweed Regional Museum
          Showcase Artist for April-June – Community Centre, Byron Bay
          Highly Commended - Byron Bay Arts Classic
2014   First class Honours - Bachelor of Visual Arts Southern Cross University
2013   Finalist - Northern Rivers Portrait Competition
2012   Finalist - R & M McGivern National Painting Prize
2011   Finalist - Northern Rivers Portrait Competition
          Winner - Works on Paper Ocean Shores Art Expo
          Finalist - Artfelt Exhibition    


2019   Luminous. Lone Goat Gallery. Byron Bay
2018   Walltalk. Project Space. Byron School of Art 
2017   Slow Light...Celestial. Solo show. Tweed Regional Gallery. Murwillumbah
            Light Box Confection. Permanent public sculpture commissioned by Creative Road. Lateen lane Byron Bay.
2016   Slow Light - (solo exhibition) BSA Project Space, Mullumbimby 

            The Paper Show, Curatorial and Co. Danks Street Sydney       

2015   Prospect Portrait Prize - Prospect Gallery, Adelaide
            The Other Art Fair Sydney 2015 - Central Park, Sydney
            Waverley Art Prize 2015, Sydney
            Artist in Residence (March/April) - Artist in Residence Studio, Tweed Regional Gallery   
            Showcase Artist for April-June - Community Centre, Byron Bay
            Byron Bay Arts Classic - Community Centre, Byron Bay
2014   International Slow Art Day Exhibition - Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby
           Group Exhibition - Barebones Gallery, Bangalow
           slow light ...a Nordic odyssey - Solo Exhibition for BVA Honours Gallery 291, Lismore
2013   A Geography of Light - Solo Exhibition Northern Rivers Gallery, Ballina
           CPM National Print Prize - Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
           Northern Rivers Portrait Competition - Lismore Regional Gallery
2012   Byron Arts Classic Community Centre, Byron Bay
           R & M McGivern National Painting Prize - Maroondah Art Gallery
           New Works - The Channon Gallery The Channon
           Launch Exhibition - Doublebassment Studios, Byron Bay
2011   Northern Rivers Portrait Competition - Lismore Regional Gallery
           CPM National Printmaking Prize - Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
           Ocean Shores Art Expo - Ocean Shores
           Artfelt Exhibition - Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina




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